Announcing the Launch of Twilio Client
Today we are happy to announce the launch of Twilio Client, a simple set of developer tools that open up an “audio pipe” from your web or mobile app to Twilio. Using Twilio Client, you can build VoIP applications with just a few lines of code.
Twilio Client costs a fraction of the cost of normal phone calls, just 1/4 cent per minute. For example, a call from one browser to another, anywhere in the world, is just 1/2 penny per minute. In addition to browser based apps, Twilio Client also has a iOS VoIP SDK and Android VoIP SDK for smartphones and tablets.
Creating a Million Skype-Like Experiences for Web & Mobile
Twilio Client offers the simplest, fastest, most intuitive way to build a revolutionary new class of voice-powered applications.
Developers have wanted the ability to create rich communication experiences for years, often inspired by the experience ...
Announcing Twilio SMS Short Codes
We’re happy to announce the launch of our newest product, Twilio SMS Short Codes, which has been in private beta for the past few months and is now available to everyone. The service enables software developers to build applications that send and receive text messages using dedicated 5 and 6-digit numbers, and is the easiest way to get a short code and send SMS at volume.
Sending Large Volumes of Messages
Businesses buy a short code to send large volumes of identical messages, or “blasts”, a use case that extends the utility of Twilio’s existing SMS service. Twilio SMS short codes enable your app to send SMS at 30 messages per second. This high-throughput is perfect for apps that send SMS messages to a large audience or with time sensitivity, such as coupons, alerts, political messages and more.
Twilio SMS Short Codes costs 1¢ per outbound text message ...
Announcing the 1st Twilio Conference – Sept. 21st & 22nd
Join us September 21st and 22nd, 2011 at the Bently Reserve here in San Francisco for the first ever Twilio Conference. The event features deep technical talks, demos from Twilio-powered companies, on-stage finalist presentations and judging for the next batch of Twilio Fund recipients, updates on Twilio products and roadmap, and much more.
Space is limited for the event, so we are asking anyone interested in attending to request an invite and we will notify you when registration opens.
Have you heard about Twilio Fund, the $250,000 micro-fund from Dave McClure and 500 Startups dedicated to Twilio-powered startups? If you’re building a startup that uses Twilio you have until August 31st to submit for a chance to receive investment, and even a spot in the 500 Startups incubator ...
Twilio Now Accepts Credit Cards in 21 Countries
Have you wanted to use Twilio, but couldn’t because you don’t have a billing address in the United States or Canada? Twilio already accepted credit cards in the United States and Canada, but we know you want to build powerful communications solutions all over the world – and we want to be right there with you to help make that happen, which is why we’ve added credit card support for the following countries:
- United Kingdom
- New Zealand
Accepting payments from customers all over the world is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to bringing out products to the global developer community, and we’ll keep you posted on the features and countries you’ve been asking for. If there are specific features you’d like to see ...
Predictive Dialing on Demand with Impact Dialing
Impact Dialing is a pay-as-you-go on-demand auto dialer built on Twilio. Their software is used by call centers, pollsters, and political campaigns to improve the efficiency of their outbound calling operations and to send out pre-recorded messages. Customers can pay-per-agent or pay-per-minute.
As reported by Venture Beat a few weeks ago, Impact Dialing recently raised funding to further the development of their service. VentureBeat reports:
“As the winner of the Lean Startup Challenge run by AppSumo, the company has now received an undisclosed amount of angel funding from the Band of Angels group, and it has also been accepted as a member of incubator Pivotal Labs.”
How Impact Dialing Works
Impact Dialing offers two auto dialer products: a hosted predictive dialer for live calls, and voice broadcasting for recorded messages.
Hosted Predictive Dialer
The hosted predictive dialer dramatically increases callers’ productivity by reducing the time between answered calls. Callers log ...
Canappi Helps Developers Build Converged Mobile Apps
Two weeks ago, Canappi launched the 1.0 version of their mobile app development platform, and they’re rolling out connections to leading APIs. We’re honored to announce that Twilio has been selected as the first among these API connections to be integrated into the platform.
Canappi for Twilio Developers – Voice & SMS in 20 Minutes
Using the Canappi Twilio API connector, developers can build iPhone applications (Android coming in late June) or add the capability to invoke Twilio’s APIs for voice and SMS in just 20 minutes. Canappi can also generate code samples for developers looking to integrate Twilio into their projects.
The video below shows a native iPhone Twilio app created by Canappi founder Jean-Jacques Dubray with less than 100 lines of MSDL code. Not a single custom line was added to the automatically generated code.
Search Quora Questions with SMS
About a month ago, Shreyes Seshasai from the popular online question and answer service Quora announced (on Quora, of course) that they are now supporting the ability for users to search questions via SMS. To use Quora’s SMS-enabled service, simply go to the Quora Settings page and register your phone number. We’ll send you an introductory message, and you can reply to that phone number to use Quora. For convenience, you may want to just add that number to your phone’s contact list as “Quora.”
Interview with Shreyes Seshasai – Quora Development Team
I had a chance to interview Shreyes and learn more about Quora’s thinking when it came to add SMS using Twilio, and here’s what he had to say:
How did you decide to add SMS to Quora?
Adding SMS was something we had been thinking about for a little while. A few of ...
Joinable.org Launches at TechCrunch Disrupt
Twilio has set up a temporary office in New York City for TechCrunch Disrupt this weekend, and for the rest of the week. We’re excited to see what people have been building with our API, and we’ll be featuring all the Twilio-powered apps we can find while we’re here. If you’re at Disrupt and use Twilio in your company, please drop a note to email@example.com
Joinable.org Pitches in 60 Seconds at #TCdisrupt
Joinable was created in just 24 hours at the TechCrunch Disrupt Hackathon by Ben Nadel, Aaron Foss and Mark Webster but it is more than just a weekend hack. Taken to its logical extreme, it could be an extremely disruptive way to assist homeless and jobless by providing them with permanent, secure, free communication services.
What Joinable Looks Like
LinkedIn Labs Releases TextIn – Internal Hackathon Winner
LinkedIn‘s latest internal hackathon winner is TextIn, which was developed by Sudeep Yegnashankaran and released as part of LinkedIn Labs portal this morning. The app uses Twilio SMS to enable any mobile phone user to search, invite, and update LinkedIn from their mobile phone with a simple text message.
Sudeep originally cofounded CardMunch, a service that was acquired by LinkedIn earlier this year, and since then he’s been cooking up new projects at LinkedIn. The company hosts a monthly internal hackathon that, as Sudeep describes it, “pits the entire company in a battle to produce some of the coolest, geekiest, and most compelling hack”.
It sounds like this kind of activity is a big win for the company and its culture:
“…this being my first “real” job out of college, I had no idea what kind of work environment I would find. I am thrilled to find myself ...
Twilio Dashboard Updated: Search Your Phone Numbers
Over the weekend we quietly rolled out the most recent in a series of improvements to the Twilio account dashboard tools, which are what you’ll see when logged in to you Twilio account. The new interface makes it easy to search through the Twilio phone numbers you own, based on digits, description, or the URL set for the voice or SMS application connected to a number.
If you already have numbers in your Twilio account, their friendly name will be set to match the phone number by default, but you can change the FriendlyName with the Twilio REST API to something more useful like a unique identifier.
Add Caller ID
Using the Numbers tab of your Twilio account, you can add caller IDs like your cell phone or business phone so that call recipients will see these numbers instead of your Twilio number. Any Twilio phone number you’ve ...