What You Can Learn About Humanity From A Smashmouth Phone Line

There’s no real explanation for why I built a phone line that does nothing but plays Smashmouth’s “All Star”. I’ll chalk up Twitter distraction as my excuse. That phone line quietly logged 1,200 calls in a few months, leading me to shout to the heavens “Who is calling this line and why? Dear God, why?” I reached out to the interwebs searching for an answer. In… Read More

Building in the Middle of a Hurricane: How One Texas Town Recovered From Hurricane Harvey Together

The worst of Hurricane Harvey’s flooding started on Sunday, August 27th around 4 AM. Some Friendswood, TX residents thought they’d be able to wait out the rain. That quickly became untenable. By 7 AM, those residents were marching through waist deep water towards rescue boats. Hours later, one third of the homes in Friendswood were underwater. In this new reality, the line between city official and… Read More

Developer Digest: Life Before Lootboxes — Playing Dart-Based Skyrim via Text

Normally, this would be in your inbox. This is a blog-rendition of our email for all you lovely developers, the Developer Digest. To grab the next issue on January 16th, sign up here. Alright, let’s get right to it. There are a few tools that you can’t imagine your life without. That could be anything from a handy framework, to the backpack you throw your laptop… Read More

Lee Martin Gets You To Focus On One Thing Using ThreeJS, HTML and Your Own Face

Maybe you’re more likely to focus on one thing if that thing is your own face. That’s the general philosophy behind Lee Martin’s latest work. He’s battling against our insatiable appetite for internet distraction in hopes that you’ll focus on music, and just music, for a few moments. Lee built out a website for 14-time Grammy Award Winner, Dan Tyminski’s new album, Southern Gothic, that mirrors… Read More

Autopilot Lets You Control SMS Conversation Flows with No Code

You don’t have to take a coding class to build that new feature. Autopilot just launched a drag and drop feature that allows you to control SMS with a visual editor. When a user sends a text to your Twilio powered number, that’s logged in Autopilot. Using a drag and drop interface, you can set up a logic for Twilio, and other third party services, to… Read More

Streem Brings Augmented Reality, 3-D Mapping to Twilio Video Chat

The first mistake is thinking you can fix it yourself. A kitchen sink is an understandable device, one you can surely wrangle. 30 minutes later you are down a sink, and looking for a plumber. In those moments, you wish that the world shared your sense of urgency to remedy your problem. That wish might not be granted but your other wish will be. Streem can… Read More

Text This Number to Get Air Quality Status

The wildfires in California have reaped tremendous damage. Our hearts go out to the victims, victims’ families and friends, and the brave people fighting those fires. You can donate to victims of the California Wildfires via the Red Cross here.  PBS has also published a list of other ways to assist victims. Text your five digit zip code to 206-274-5525 and you’ll receive AirNow’s air quality… Read More

MyZindagi Fights Fake Doctors, Brings Real Doctors and Real Care To The Masses With Twilio Video

There’s a critical shortage of doctors in developing countries which puts those in need of medical care in a compromised position. In urban and rural regions, patients struggle to find the medical care they need. This shortage of doctors has opened up an opportunity for predatory con artists posing as doctors.   In the middle of this fraught ecosystem is a small team of developers and… Read More

From 0 to 15 Million In A Few Months: Relay Scales Their Texting Platform For Organizers

On September 1st, 2016, Relay had sent a total of 0 text messages. The day after the United States Presidential Election, they’d sent 15 million. Scaling a peer-to-peer texting platform from zero to election-season level traffic isn’t light work, but it was easier than Relay CEO and Founder Daniel Souweine expected. “When organizers find something that works, they’re not afraid to go big. So it was… Read More