How to Build an MMS Ticketing System Using PHP, Laravel and Twilio


Have you ever arrived at a movie, flight or concert and realized you’ve forgotten your paper ticket? Imagine how much worse it would be if you showed up at Willy Wonka’s front door, but forgot your golden ticket! To prevent an epic disaster such as this,  we’re going to build an app that delivers Willy Wonka’s golden ticket directly to your phone using MMS. All the… Read More

Send Daily SMS Reminders Using Firebase, Node.js and Twilio


Living in the greatest city in the world frequently causes me the burst out singing “I Love New York City”. One of my favorite things about living in New York is that each night the Empire State Building lights up in different colors. The tricky part is finding out *why* it lights up in those colors. It was this problem that inspired me to build an… Read More

Security Update for CVE-2014-6271 (Shellshock)

On Wednesday morning, September 24, 2014, the Twilio security team became aware of a code-injection vulnerability in bash dubbed CVE-2014-6271 and nicknamed “Shellshock.” While Twilio does not expose any of the services identified as vulnerable in this disclosure to the public Internet, our operations team responded immediately to upgrade affected bash versions across the Twilio infrastructure.  That effort was completed in the afternoon on Wednesday. Our… Read More

Gmail API and Rails – Authorize with OAuth via Omniauth


I turned off Gmail alerts on my phone a while ago. It just doesn’t make sense for my phone to beep every time someone comments on someone else’s status. That said, not all emails are created equal. There are some messages for which I would like to know right now when they show up in my inbox. SMS alerts are great for customized, urgent notifications like… Read More

Find Twilio At Oracle Open World


Oracle OpenWorld and JavaOne are coming to San Francisco September 28th – October 2nd, bringing leading software companies together for four days. Twilio partners BlueLeap, OpenMethods, and SureShot are joining us in the booth at OpenWorld to share their Oracle-integrated communications solutions with you. We’ll be giving away Twilio-Powered Weekends, hosting talks, giving tutorials, and more. Get the full scoop below. Where To Find Twilio and… Read More

How to Build a Picture Scavenger Hunt Using Twilio MMS, Twilio and Sinatra


When I get together with my siblings (one younger sister, and two little brothers- 12 and 9) I tend to come up with crazy ideas. A couple years ago in Northern California I was visiting my little brothers and had the grand idea to create a scavenger hunt for them when they woke up in the morning. Of course, this blew their mind and we had… Read More

How To Build Your Own MMS Enabled Motion Activated Security Camera With Linux, Python and S3

Horseman Caught On MMS

Holy biscuits was last week a barrel of monkeys.  All of us at Twilio have had a beastly boatload of fun seeing the stuff you’ve started building with Twilio MMS.  Many of you blazed through Kevin’s Getting Started with MMS tutorial over the weekend to get started on your hacks and, of course, seeing all your mustached faces with the example project we built last week… Read More

Building a Burning Man Ticket Notifier with Twilio SMS


Tickets to Burning Man sell out months and months before droves of people board converted school busses, load bikes onto the backs of cars and drive into the desert. When it came time to buy a ticket, Manuel Ebert missed the bus. Days before burning man he was desperate to find a ticket. He trolled forums, Craigslist, and tried his hand at asking friends but came… Read More

How To Build A Mustached Message Service With Twilio MMS And Python

Stash Attack Snacky!

All of us at Twilio are over the moon by the possibilities now unlocked by the availability of MMS on US phone numbers.  We know from experience that the real ingenuity will come from you – the air around Twilio is electric with anticipation of the amazing things you’ll build.  We’ve got a lot of hacks we’re excited to show you in the weeks that follow… Read More