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  • By Meghan Murphy
    SideCar Launches in Austin, Provides Free Rides for Twilio #SXSW Party logo

    sidecar_tagline (1) copyGet out of my dreams and get into my Sidecar! This upcoming SXSW you’ll find Sidecar all over Austin, TX including at our Twilio SXSW Get.Down event.

    Party goers will be able to grab free rides to and from the event so you can cruise like an Austin local, with an Austin local.

    How to Get A SideCar at Southby

    Sidecar wants to make sure you can get to and from the shindig without any hitches along the way. Here’s how it’ll work:

    • Download Sidecar (for free): www.side.cr/twilio
    • Enter 69 Rainey Street as your pickup or destination during our event March 8th
    • Enjoy your free, safe, super convenient ride from an Austin local

    Speaking of the shindig, Twilio Get.Down 2013 is happening Friday, March 8th from 3pm to 8pm at Javelina. We’re inviting our friends, partners and the Twilio community to come enjoy beer, food, live music and more. …

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  • By Meghan Murphy
    Get.Down with Twilio #SXSW 2013, You’re Invited logo

    twilio-pyramid-sxsw-tshirt_Red smallSXSW is one of our favorite events of the year: visiting old friends, spending time with our incredible community and making new friends along the way. This year we’re inviting you to join us for an afternoon of great company, beer, food and ending the day with a special acoustic performance from Akron/Family.

    How do you register for this event? We put together a little bit of a challenge to register for this year’s event – simply text (512) 861-8833 and follow the instructions. If you succeed, you’ll receive a link and password for the event. It takes some skills of a developer, some skills of telephony history buff and some skills of a true Twilion, but we think you’ll have no problem at all.

    The Event

    Twilio Get.Down 2013
    Friday, March 8th
    3pm – 8pm
    Javelina at 69 Rainey Street, Austin, TX

    • From 3 – 5pm come meet …
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  • By Meghan Murphy
    Win Tickets to Launch Festival in San Francisco, Powered by Twilio logo

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    Launch Festival is one of the top events for entrepreneurial events for tech founders, featuring incredible content around launching your startup, raising money and figuring out how to start your company. Companies in the demo pit compete to present on stage for a chance to grab funding – and we’ve seen some stellar startups launch from this event. Launch kicks off March 4 – 6th in San Francisco and we have 25 tickets to give away.

    Dial +1 415-728-0417 , the first 25 folks to call and answer the Launch trivia question correctly will receive a complimentary ticket to this conference.

    For more details on the event visit: http://festival.launch.co/

    If you are a founder or student on a budget, you can still apply for a discounted ticket. More details here: http://festival.launch.co/index.html

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  • By Meghan Murphy
    Codecademy Launches New Lessons with Twilio, New API Partners logo

    Codecademy wants to help anyone learn how to code, so  people at least have a basic understanding of programming. Last January the team declared 2012 “Code Year”, challenging anyone and everyone to learn programming skills. Over 450,000 people joined, including NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

    Now in 2013, the team is expanding with new curriculums, including APIs, that further empower the newly-skilled developer. We are incredibly excited to be one of many great APIs launching lessons with Codecademy.

    Alongside Bit.ly, NPR, Parse, Placekitten, SendGrid, SoundCloud, StripeSunlight Labs and YouTube,  the Codecademy community can start hacking their phones with intro lessons to Twilio SMS and Twilio Voice.

    Read more about the new API lessons on the Codecademy blog.

    The New API Lessons

    What can you learn to build with these new lessons? Here are a few examples:

    • Create …
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  • By Meghan Murphy
    Using Twilio and ServiceNow for IT Management by Fruition Partners logo
    Patrick Stonelake

    This guest post is by Patrick Stonelake, Director of Innovations at Fruition Partners, a cloud integration services provider focused on IT Service Management. Patrick is here to introduce a new product that allows for simple integration of Twilio with the cloud-based enterprise IT Service Management platform ServiceNow.

    Join Fruition Partners CEO Marc Talluto and Twilio CEO Jeff Lawson, along with Forrester Research Principal Analyst Eveline Oehrlich as we discuss what’s next for IT service management and how cloud-based tools are transforming IT. Free Webinar this Thursday, December 13th. 

    TeleBridge: a Twilio Connector for ServiceNow Connecting Twilio to IT in the Enterprise

    In our relationship with Twilio, we are continually impressed with the developer community’s ability to identify use cases of all sizes and shapes that can be addressed in new ways with the Twilio API. As we’ve spent the last year examining the potential uses …

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  • By Meghan Murphy
    Celebrating the 20th Anniversary of the Text Message: History of the SMS logo

    From sharing our favorite emojis to reaching millions in just one text message, SMS is something we couldn’t imagine communications without. Today we’re celebrating the 20th anniversary of one of communications’ defining mediums. Below is the history of the SMS, as told by Twilio.

     Sources

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Telegram
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Radio_telegraphy
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Text_messaging#Records_and_competition
    http://www.tv2.no/nyheter/innenriks/sonja-satte-smsverdensrekord-3008895.html
    http://www.fiercewireless.com/story/american-idol-generates-78-million-sms-messages/2008-05-23
    http://www.mobilemarketer.com/cms/news/messaging/3335.html
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Morse_code
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emoticon
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alexander_Graham_Bell
    http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/marconi-sends-first-atlantic-wireless-transmission
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_mobile_phones
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Short_Message_Service
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Motorola_DynaTAC
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mobile_phone
    http://itlaw.wikia.com/wiki/Common_Short_Code

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  • By Meghan Murphy
    Sketchnotes at TwilioCon 2012: Steve Blank on Building a Great Company logo
    Artist, Hacker Alexis Finch

    Alexis Finch takes notes differently than most: she sketches her way through presentations and interprets it visually on paper. Last year she shared two great Sketchnotes from TwilioCon 2011 talks including Oren Jacobs of Pixar and Adrian McDermott of Zendesk. Lucky for us, Alexis attended TwilioCon 2012 and captured keynote speaker Steve Blank in a rad new Sketchnote.

    Steve Blank is the author of The Startup Owner’s Manual and 12 Steps to the Epiphany. He gave an inspiring presentation about how you can build a company step by step, and fail less. See Alexis’ Sketchnotes below and be sure to take a look at other Sketchnotes from TwilioCon 2012 like the Connecting with Customers and RealTime Panel, and Dave McClure and Naval Ravikant’s Fireside Chat on Flickr.

    Steve Blank: TwilioCon 2012

    Alexis has been doodling and scribbling her way through lectures since high school, being one of the …

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  • By Meghan Murphy
    Increase App Downloads with Mobile App Distribution Powered by Twilio logo
    Sylvain Gauchet, Apptamin

    You built a beautiful and engaging mobile app, now how do you get people to use it? More importantly, how do you get people to share it with their friends? Sylvain Gauchet, Co-Founder of the app marketing powerhouse Apptamin, explores why mobile app distribution is valuable and provides a great tutorial on how you can build this for your app.

    Sylvain founded Apptamin to help developers promote their applications by providing great tools and sharing lessons learned on the blog. Below is a selected piece from Sylvain’s original content, read the full-length post here.

    Distributing your app via SMS

    Having an app website or landing page is a great way to showcase your app and get more people to download it. You need to convert those visitors into users of your app. That’s where your call to action plays a tremendous role: what’s the point …

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  • By Meghan Murphy
    Get Started with Twilio and Parse Using the Twilio Cloud Module logo

    Parse is a seriously awesome platform for building mobile apps and we’re teaming up to make it even easier for mobile developers to access the Twilio API through Parse’s Cloud Code. Today Parse introduces the Twilio Cloud Module, one of many upcoming Parse integrations on their new Cloud Modules product, all making it simple to use third party services when building your mobile apps.

    Mobile developers are using Twilio in incredible ways, like the drawing collab app DrawChat that uses phone number verification to protect its users. Or the social app Path that uses Twilio SMS for mobile app distribution. Whatever Twilio feature you want to add to your mobile app, now you can easily integrate within Parse.

    We asked Parse Engineer Mattieu Gamache-Asselin to give us an example of how you could use Twilio and Parse together, and he wrote this super tutorial for getting started. …

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  • By Meghan Murphy
    TwilioCon Speakers Discuss The Future of Communications, and It’s Personal logo

    This year’s TwilioCon focuses on building the future of communications. We’re bringing together the developers and DOers who are busy creating this future to discuss what communications will look like down the road. To help map this out, we asked our  TwilioCon speakers “What is the future of communications?”

    One speaker predicts that in the future, we’ll be texting robots more than our friends. The other hopes the future of communications will spark a return to more social interaction. Find out what speakers from Code For America,  General Machines, Ordr.in, and Kalzemeus Software had to say below. Register today for TwilioCon 2012, taking place October 16 – 18 in San Francisco at the SF Design Concourse.

    Michelle Lee (Code For America Fellow, Philadelphia)
    Personal enough to be potent in the now, but powerful enough to tap all your stored communication of the past.

    Find Michelle at TwilioCon discussing …

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