London Calling: Parties, Partnerships and Ringing in 2013
This month we threw a kick ass party for all the DOers in London. What’s the Twilio recipe to celebrate an amazing year? Take a bunch of arcade machines, bowling lanes, pool tables and Karaoke, put them on free vend, add 400 developers, mix, then smile.
If you came along we hope you had a blast. If you didn’t, why not! You can relive the night by flicking through Paul’s photo’s of the evening here.
Even though we are heading into party season, we are not stepping off the gas pedal just yet. Since July, we have been to something like 46 events and met in the order of 16,000 DOers across Europe.
One Monday morning when we had a spare 20 minutes, we also moved into our new London office in Central Working Shoreditch, right next to Google Campus in Bonhill Street. If you ...
TwilioCon Keynote Videos Live: Jeff Lawson and Evan Cooke
This past October, TwilioCon 2012 brought together the DOers and the developers building the next generation of communications. It was incredible to gather all these people in one space for three days of sessions, keynotes and serious hacking. We know some of you couldn’t make it to San Francisco, so we’ll be posting all the full session videos online starting with two keynote talks from Twilio CEO Jeff Lawson and CTO Evan Cooke.
Jeff explains how we are the Army of 1’s and 0’s and covers all of the Twilio product announcements. Evan reveals how Twilio is improving scalability, your security in the cloud, and the open source projects we support.
More talks will be posted from TwilioCon in the next few weeks, stay tuned on the blog.
Building a Real-time SMS Voting App Part 2: Socket.io and Highcharts.js
This is the second in a multi-part series of blog posts on building a real-time SMS voting application using Node.js. In part one, we created the Node.js application, set-up the CouchDB database and captured incoming votes over SMS with Twilio. In this blog post, we will create a chart that displays the status of the voting and update that chart in real-time using Socket.io.
Now that we can accept votes via SMS and store those votes in our database, it’s time to create a live view of the voting. There are many ways to visualize voting, but a bar chart is probably the most simple way. There are numerous graphing and charting libraries, and I spent quite a bit of time looking for the right one. Here were my requirements:
- Client-side JS
- Easy to update data and refresh
- Great default styles
After doing some digging, I ...
Interview with SmartThings: How a Faulty Pipe Unlocked The Internet of Things
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How can the internet help when you’re halfway to work and you realize you didn’t lock up your apartment? What about when your dog runs away, or you leave all the lights in your house on? SmartThings is working to unlock the Internet of Things and make everyday things like your house, your car, and the lights in your office easily accessible and controllable. And as of yesterday, they closed their $3 million seed round with investments from SV Angel, Lerer Ventures, and CrunchFund among many others.
SmartThings uses custom built “magic hubs” so everyday things can automatically connect to the internet as well as their cloud platform. You can use the SmartApps application to connect with and control your SmartThings. The platform will also be open to developers and makers to create new functions, hardware and apps ...
Celebrating the 20th Anniversary of the Text Message: History of the SMS
From sharing our favorite emojis to reaching millions in just one text message, SMS is something we couldn’t imagine communications without. Today we’re celebrating the 20th anniversary of one of communications’ defining mediums. Below is the history of the SMS, as told by Twilio.
DOer of the Month: Charlton Roberts of Order Mapper
Charlton Roberts, lead developer at Order Mapper served up some great applications for a good cause alongside Order Mapper CEO, Jim Bricker. Charlton was instrumental in creating Need Mapper, a service that helped connect Hurricane Sandy victims in need with volunteers.
We spoke to Charlton about how he’s using Twilio, and what’s in the works for Order Mapper.
When did you first start using Twilio?
About 6 weeks ago. As a developer for Order Mapper, I had developed some modules for our platform in the weeks preceding Hurricane Sandy, so when we decided to start Need Mapper, I was familiar enough with the API that I was able to get the system up in about a day and a half. Order Mapper began using Twilio in August of 2009.
What are some of your favorite projects you built with Twilio?
Need Mapper has been the most in-depth project ...
BuildingLink Reaches Residents During Hurricane Sandy With Twilio SMS
On Sunday October 28th, Mayor Bloomberg issued an evacuation of all Manhattan residents in Zone A. Jerry Kesterbaum, founder of building management web platform, BuildingLink, had just a few hours to send out SMS evacuation notifications to all residents in all 130 BuildingLink properties. He had to scale– and fast.
BuildingLink helps streamline communication between residents, building managers, and building owners. For example, if a tenant has a package delivered, a doorman can notify them via Twilio SMS through BuildingLink. With Hurricane Sandy approaching, Jerry had to scale BuildingLink from it’s typical day-to-day notification traffic to sending thousands and thousands of SMS notifications at once.
Jerry called Senior Support Engineer, Brian Levine to help. With Brian on the phone in San Francisco, Jerry working in New York, and Jerry’s programmer taking a break from a vacation in Paris to code new Twilio API Keys in a ...
Connecting Twilio SMS to Google Spreadsheet
TwilioSheet is a little utility that makes it easy for developers to receive SMS messages in a Google Spreadsheet.
I write a lot of simple little SMS applications, but they can be daunting at times. I often wonder if the idea is worth the time it takes to write the code to store, process, and act on the incoming messages. Why not use something a little easier? A spreadsheet perhaps? Well, that’s what TwilioSheet lets you do.
Want to get started right now? Head over to the GitHub repository for TwilioSheet. Otherwise, read on.
While I wouldn’t recommend using ...
The Knight In Need of A Kivik: A Twilio Intern’s IKEA Hack
Once upon a not-too-distant time ago, I was an apprentice Developer Evangelist on Island Twilio, located in NYC. This apprenticeship came to an end, as all good things do, and I left Island Twilio for the familiar land of Boston University, bringing with me all the lessons learned from Twilio.
Still, there are things that a newly minted Twilio Knight can’t overcome, or hack away. In my one final quest, I had to endure shopping for furniture for a new apartment. As is common, or just simply custom, I had to brave the labyrinth known as IKEA to find my furnishing, all without falling prey to the shackles of the Swedish ...
Sketchnotes at TwilioCon 2012: Steve Blank on Building a Great Company
Alexis Finch takes notes differently than most: she sketches her way through presentations and interprets it visually on paper. Last year she shared two great Sketchnotes from TwilioCon 2011 talks including Oren Jacobs of Pixar and Adrian McDermott of Zendesk. Lucky for us, Alexis attended TwilioCon 2012 and captured keynote speaker Steve Blank in a rad new Sketchnote.
Steve Blank is the author of The Startup Owner’s Manual and 12 Steps to the Epiphany. He gave an inspiring presentation about how you can build a company step by step, and fail less. See Alexis’ Sketchnotes below and be sure to take a look at other Sketchnotes from TwilioCon 2012 like the Connecting with Customers and RealTime Panel, and Dave McClure and Naval Ravikant’s Fireside Chat on Flickr.
Alexis has been doodling and scribbling her way through lectures since high school, being one of the ...