Send SMS with PHP and Twilio in 60 seconds

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It takes just a few lines of code and even fewer minutes to send your first text message with PHP and Twilio. Here’s how: Sign up for a free Twilio account and buy a phone number. Install the PHP helper library. There are two ways to do this: Use Composer: composer require twilio/sdk  If you do it this way, include the library using require "vendor/autoload.php'; Download the library, unzip it,… Read More

Set Up a Temporary Phone Number in 3 Minutes with Twilio

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If you’ve ever sold anything on Craigslist, requested a quote on the internet, or watched The Wire, then you may have found yourself wishing for a “burner” phone. In this post we’ll use TwiML Bins to create a temporary phone number that forwards phone calls to your cellphone. This will take less than three minutes, even if you’ve never written a line of code before! Sign up for… Read More

How to Text with Hodor

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Hodor is not man of many words. In fact, he’s just got one: “Hodor.” And while communication may not be his forte, one wonders how his adventures with Brandon Stark might have turned out if they had the mobile communication technology we all take for granted today. Thanks to the recent release of TwiML Bins we don’t have to wonder any longer. To get in contact with Hodor, you need only… Read More

Twilio Radio – The Podcast by Twilio

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Twilio Radio is a podcast featuring interviews from a few of the 100 speakers presenting at SIGNAL, our developer conference for communications. You can find Twilio Radio in iTunes and other podcast directories or you can listen to the interviews below. And if you’d like to join us at SIGNAL, use the promocode RADIO for 20% off when you register. Where do text messages come from?… Read More

3 SIGNAL Speakers to Get You Started with the Internet of Things

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Tired of watching your Arduino collect dust on your desk? We’ve got three rad speakers queued up at SIGNAL to get you started with hardware hacking and the Internet of Things. Katy Moe Live Codes her Hand Katy Moe is a cyborg. Literally. She implanted an NFC transponder in her hand that runs JavaScript. Her talk at SIGNAL is about the opportunities and pitfalls of open hardware… Read More

Sara Chipps on Teaching Girls to Code with Wearables

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Sara Chipps has spent the better part of a decade teaching women to code. Her latest startup, JewelBots, makes programmable friendship bracelets for young girls get get them excited about engineering before their social circles tell them its uncool. She down with us on Twilio Radio to talk about user testing with middle school girls, why the hardware hacking world seems to be more diverse than… Read More

How To Validate and Look Up Phone Numbers in Google Spreadsheets

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In ten minutes, you can teach your spreadsheet some new tricks, even if you’ve never written a line of code. We’ll use Google Spreadsheet and Twilio Lookup to validate, clean up and format phone numbers easily. The Twilio Lookup API can be used to:  Tell if phone number a cellphone or landline. Tell if a phone number is real or fake Clean up incorrectly formatted phone numbers Properly format… Read More