Twilio SMS Heroes: Get Rescu'd with Rescu.me by Daryn Nakhuda

This blog post is part of a series of posted featuring applications developed using the recently released Twilio SMS API.  Read about SMS applications we’ve featured and submissions from our weekly developer contest.

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Need an excuse to get out of an annoying conversation? On a date
that just won’t end?

Ask Rescu.me to SMS or call you, and get outta there!  This app, created by Daryn Nakhuda, makes it easy to schedule a call or SMS to your phone ahead of time so you can bust of boring meetings, bad dates, and more.  Check it out:

Rescume-screenshot

How it works

Just text “SMS 5” to (206) 866-5924, and we’ll send you
an SMS message back in 5 minutes. Of course you can change the 5 to any
number, and we’ll send you an SMS in that many minutes. We can also call you.

Tip: Add (206) 866-5924 to your address
book to make incoming texts and calls look like they are coming from
someone specific.

Rescu.me is built with Ruby on Rails, using Twilio for SMS and telephony.

This is just a prototype – if you really like it, let me know, and I’ll keep working on
it!

  • Patrick

    Great minds think alike! My submission to the contest this week is called “Interrupt Me!” and it allows the user to send an SMS with either “call me at 9:35 message” or “sms at 10:40 message” where message is what should be said on the call or sent via SMS respectively.

  • Patrick

    Great minds think alike! My submission to the contest this week is called “Interrupt Me!” and it allows the user to send an SMS with either “call me at 9:35 message” or “sms at 10:40 message” where message is what should be said on the call or sent via SMS respectively.

  • Eapen

    Same here… I also submitted an app called “Call Me Back” (boring name compared to both of yours) which allows the user to send a message “Call me at 11:45 EST or 23:45 PST”. The default timezone is EST and if the time has passed, it schedules it for the next day. I didn’t think of adding the “SMS at” though.

  • Eapen

    Same here… I also submitted an app called “Call Me Back” (boring name compared to both of yours) which allows the user to send a message “Call me at 11:45 EST or 23:45 PST”. The default timezone is EST and if the time has passed, it schedules it for the next day. I didn’t think of adding the “SMS at” though.

  • I did something very different, but it looks like it hasn’t been viewed yet (this is a good thing for me as the design is, at best, functional). I’ll add some polish over the next day or so.

  • I did something very different, but it looks like it hasn’t been viewed yet (this is a good thing for me as the design is, at best, functional). I’ll add some polish over the next day or so.

  • Eapen

    Yeah, I am surprised they haven’t got around to testing these apps yet. A little disappointing.

  • Eapen

    Yeah, I am surprised they haven’t got around to testing these apps yet. A little disappointing.

  • Hi everyone, sorry for the delay – we finished testing all the apps on Thursday so you should see activity in your call logs. If anything was broken to the point where we couldn’t test, we’ve sent an email. We have selected a winner and met up with that person yesterday to shoot a quick video. We are going to announce *both* winners on Monday – and I promise NO delay on Monday, I’ve got some extra help with testing now.
    Just so you know, all apps submitted for the first SMS contest are automatically entered into the 2nd week, so if you built something in the first week and you want to improve it you still have a little under 48 hours.
    -Danielle @ Twilio

  • Hi everyone, sorry for the delay – we finished testing all the apps on Thursday so you should see activity in your call logs. If anything was broken to the point where we couldn’t test, we’ve sent an email. We have selected a winner and met up with that person yesterday to shoot a quick video. We are going to announce *both* winners on Monday – and I promise NO delay on Monday, I’ve got some extra help with testing now.
    Just so you know, all apps submitted for the first SMS contest are automatically entered into the 2nd week, so if you built something in the first week and you want to improve it you still have a little under 48 hours.
    -Danielle @ Twilio