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  • By Liz Moy
    Build a Book Recommendation SMS Bot Build a book recommendation bot with Programmable SMS

    On June 14, publisher Amistad Books launched an initiative to encourage people to purchase any two books by Black writers between June 13th – June 20th.

    In addition, artists such as Noname have launched book clubs and dialogue to support Black voices in written works from anti-racist texts, to poetry, to science fiction and fantasy.

    To help folks decide on something to read, I built a simple book recommendation bot using Programmable SMS with Python and Airtable to store the book data. The result is a guided conversation that allows the texter to choose a genre they want to read, and responds with a title of a book and a link to a Black-owned bookstore in the U.S. that has the book for sale, either in print,e-book, or audio book.

    Try it by sending a text to (409) 404-0403. You can also see the Python code below and …

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  • By Liz Moy
    Build a Survey App With Python, Twilio, and Airtable Build a Survey App With Python, Twilio and Airtable

    "Scandia 010" by How I See Life is licensed under CC BY-ND 2.0

    Airtable is like a cool big-budget superhero crossover between a spreadsheet and a database.

    It’s easy to write to an Airtable from your Twilio app, so we’re going to take that idea and build off of it to make a SMS-driven survey app using Python and the Flask framework.

    The survey app we are going to build will gather NPS, which stands for Net Promoter Score, a metric used to measure customer experience. However, you can customize the survey for purposes specific to your needs. Try it out by texting your favorite emoji to the number below.

    Airtable NPS survey testing number with Twilio

    We’ll go through this step-by-step, and we will do it all in a single file. If you would like to download the complete project you can find it in this GitHub repository: https://github.com/Eclairemoy/nps-survey

    Building the Project

    Prerequisites

    To …

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  • By Liz Moy
    Introducing Developer Evangelist, Enterprise, Liz Moy Banner Image with photo of Twilio Developer Evangelist Liz Moy

    I like to joke that I’ve had four careers so far: public relations account executive, social media manager, content writer, and software engineer. But before any of those lives began, I was a classically trained ballet dancer and had hopes of making that a career. I trained for hours every day. I went to months-long summer intensive programs and practiced the same moves over and over, on the constant quest for improvement: quicker feet, tighter turns, and more exquisite expressions of artistry.

    Photo of Liz Moy in a ballet position wearing a tutu against a red background

    When I started college and decided to study journalism instead, I thought that meant that my dance “career” was over. In some ways, I grieved what I thought was the end of something that was once a huge part of my life. Over the years, I’ve learned that many folks get a chance to try different things and go down different paths. Whether they’re hobbies that bring you …

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