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

Trading Stock For Code: Kenny Becomes A Developer on the NYSE Floor


Kenny Polcari wrote off coding as unique to his daughter’s generation, and inaccessible to his. Working at the New York Stock Exchange for 35 years, he’s seen 180 tech companies go public, watching software development from a far. The morning Kenny was set to witness his 181st tech company IPO, he wrote his first line of code — on a livestream, from the floor of the… Read More

Preview Spotify Songs With A Phone Call Using Elixir, Phoenix, Twilio, and the Spotify API


In a few email exchanges with Nathan Leinz, one thing became clear. We, the royal we, have no excuse not to complete that side project. When Nathan isn’t busy defusing and disposing of bombs on the Army’s Explosive Ordnance Disposal, he’s working on hacks with a firm sense of purpose. “I’m a firm believer that we should accept where we are, strive to do better, and… Read More

New IP Messaging Features: Reachability, Message Attributes, and Push Configuration


Today, I’m excited to announce three new features for IP Messaging focused on making in-app chat a more engaging, context-rich experience: Reachability indicator Message attributes Granular push configuration All are available in the latest versions of the IP Messaging SDKs: JavaScript 0.10.6, iOS 0.14.2, and Android 0.8.1. Currently available in public beta, Twilio IP Messaging allows developers to easily add chat to any web or mobile app. Throughout the beta… Read More

How to Validate Phone numbers in Node/JavaScript with the Twilio Lookup API

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Twilio Lookup is a phonebook REST API that you can use to check whether a number exists, determine whether a phone can receive text messages, and retrieve carrier data associated with a number. Let’s write some code to validates phone numbers using the Twilio Node module. Getting started Before we dive into the code you’ll need to make sure you have: Node.js and npm installed A Twilio Account –… Read More

In The Wake Of Personal Tragedy, Douglas Olsen Finds Inspiration In Building Kmunic8


In the wake of a personal tragedy, “life-hacks”, organization apps, and other tech-trinkets seem irrelevant. They did to Douglas Olsen, a CIO and entrepreneur. When Douglas Olsen got the news his mom was sick, he focused all his energy on his family. Somewhere in-between hospital visits and reciting the same updates to different groups of people, his focus drifted back to tech. But, he wasn’t coding… Read More

3 Developers Walk Into The NYSE: Apps From The Trading Floor Code Jam


Today, three developers said hello to an entirely new coding environment — the NYSE. Right after Jeff Lawson rang the bell, welcoming $TWLO into the world, David Huerta, Leah Culver, and Rob Spectre started slinging code. Check out all their apps and try them out right here: In a matter of hours the team of developers built three Twilio-powered apps that let you do anything… Read More

Using C# and Azure to Build a SMS Representative Directory


Earlier this month, you heard about Ian Webster, who built an app to call your federal representatives. Communication can be a powerful force for change. Today we’ll learn how to empower others by building an app similar to Ian’s with SMS. Using C#, ASP.NET, and Azure, we will build a messaging application that responds to a ZIP code with a list of federal representatives for that… Read More

How to Text with Hodor


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