AWS Status Hotline via Twilio

I was chatting yesterday with Jeff Barr, AWS evangelist extraordinaire and all-around great guy yesterday. He had the idea of building an Amazon Web Services Status hotline, allowing AWS customers to call in and instantly get the status of S3, EC2, etc.  Cool idea!  AWS already maintains a status dashboard (with RSS feeds!) at: About 10 minutes later, we had a finished status hotline!  Try it out,… Read More


As cloud consumers ourselves, we love status dashboards.  So we’re pleased as pie to announce the launch of our own status portal for Twilio. The status portal will be our mechanism to communicate Twilio service status to our customers.  If there are problems, we’ll also use that site to message the problem, status of the fix, as well as any postmortem analysis to keep you… Read More

Great post on building an IVR w/ Twilio

We love when community members share their code and knowledge with the world.  In this tutorial written by Adam (from Earth911), you can learn how to quickly build an IVR for your company, directing calls to employees and departments! Adam’s blog provides excellent, clean code along with great explanations of what he’s doing, along with good design tips. We’ll be sending Twilio t-shirts out to Adam,… Read More

Voicemail for Twilio with Twilio

I have a confession to make. When we launched a few weeks ago, we printed our 877-8-TWILIO phone number on the site.  And about an hour before launch, we realized we hadn’t wired that phone number up to anything! How embarrassing for a phone company, right? So we very quickly (<5 minutes) whipped up a simple voicemail application to answer that line, records a message and emails it… Read More

Announcing the .NET, C# Helper Library for Twilio

Hello .NET Developers, We’re proud to announce that we just released a .NET, C# helper library for Twilio.  It works exactly the same as our PHP, Ruby, Python and Java libraries.  You can download it, along with a usage sample, at this url: As always, feedback is appreciated.  In particular, would you also like a VB library?  Leave comments with your thoughts.

Sending a Message via Phone from your Web Application

Twilio makes sending audio messages from your application to a telephone easy. Let’s go through a simple example of how to initiate a call to a phone number and play a message when the call is answered First, we will need a simple TwiML document to play the message. <!– –> <Response> <Say>Hello! This was a message sent by Twilio</Say> </Response> Save the text of… Read More

First Five Live Contest

It’s only been three days since we launched, and we’ve already heard of some great applications in the works out there.  So today we’re announcing the “First Five Live” contest… it’s very simple: The first five developers to email with a brief description and link to a live application they built on Twilio will win a $50 service credit from Twilio. You’ll also be featured in… Read More

Making a call using ColdFusion and the Twilio REST API

Several people have asked for an example for initiating a call using ColdFusion and the Twilio REST API. Here you go! Replace the parameters in the cfset statements, of course.  <!— Start a call from coldfusion —> <!— enter your information for the following parameters —> <cfset accountSid=”yourAccountSid”> <cfset secret=”yourSecretKey”> <cfset caller=”yourVerifiedCallerId”> <cfset called=”phonenumberToCall”> <cfset action_url=”urlToExecute”> <!— make the rest request —> <cfhttp url=”” method=”POST” username=”#accountSid#”… Read More