HipDial Takes The Hassle Out Of Conference Calls With Twilio
There’s a popular phrase: “I’m hopping on a conference call.” But, “hopping” may not be the right word. Joining a conference call normally involves searching for and punching in a series of PIN numbers, responding to voice prompts, and hanging on until the call’s host gets on the line. HipDial is trying to make things a little easier with a simple conference calling service.
Four months ago, Jonas Huckestein (pictured right) co-founded HipDial with Kevin Laws to make conference calls easy and, above all, intuitive. HipDial doesn’t require any software installation or set up, it’s entirely phone based. Jonas says, “Most conference lines, if you’re the host, you have to dial so so so many pin codes and create rooms, reserve rooms, and enterprise conference calling systems are complex.”
Hip Dial users get a dedicated, reusable phone number they can send to all their ...
Sean Saulsbury Wins Our Power Up Conferencing Developer Contest With Call In Studio
Last week, we challenged developers to take Twilio’s conferencing features and apply them in new and interesting ways. We had some great entries, but in the end, we decided Sean Saulsbury’s Call In Studio was the most interesting application of conferencing.
Call In Studio allows Internet and radio show producers to easily screen and manage calls for their shows. Since radio stations no longer need to buy expensive equipment and software to handle incoming calls—and only pay for the time they use—even smaller radio stations and individual podcasters can offer call in as part of their show programming.
We also really liked Matthew Berkland’s Call Me Meeting, which has a clean interface and provides a more flexible ...
Easy Conference Calling with Twilio
We’re running a developer contest this week centered around Twilio’s conference calling features, so I thought it would be helpful if I did a quick run through of the
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<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8" ?> <Response> <Dial> <Conference>MyConference</Conference> </Dial> </Response>
The name of the conference is namespaced to your account, so you can name it anything you like. Anyone dialing into “MyConference” for your account will be put in a conference room together.
We can spice up our conference room a bit using the waitUrl attribute. Set waitUrl to an audio file (like an MP3), and you can give your conference participants some music to listen to ...!-->
DropConf Offers On Demand Conference Calling with Twilio
When we heard that David Berube had launched DropConf last month, we dropped him a note to see if we could learn more about how the service came to be an what his plans are for the future.
What is DropConf?
DropConf is an on-demand conference calling application — you pay per
conference call. The idea is that small business or freelancers for
example might only need one or two conference calls a month. Some months
they might not need any conference calls. All the other paid options
out there have monthly fees — so people are paying for a service they
According to David, the service took a few weeks to make and the telephony is powered entirely by Twilio.
"What's next for DropConf… I'm the Founder & CTO of MoFuse and that requires a ton of my time ...
37Signals Launches Second Twilio-Powered Feature: Conference Calling for Campfire
This morning, 37Signals announced the launch of yet another Twilio-powered feature: conference calling for Campfire, their real-time chat, file and code sharing product. As the 37Signals team says on their product blog:
Campfire is a chat tool, why does it need conference calling? At 37signals we run our entire business on
Campfire. It’s our virtual office. We chat, make decisions, have
debates, share designs, do code reviews, discuss the news, etc.
Here at Twilio we’ve recently started using Campfire. The main benefit, as opposed to a private IRC channel or instant messenger service, is that the conversation is stored and is searchable afterwards. Important decisions, domain knowledge, and other valuable information is stored instead of lost in our chat transcripts and email inboxes, and can be accessed later.
How Campfire Conference Calling Works
Campfire users with Plus, Premium, or Max accounts will now see the option to create ...
Conferous Launches – David K. Pham Wins Twilio Developer Contest for Conferencing
Last we released ridiculously simple conferencing as a new feature of our phone API, and we challenged developers to take this feature to come up with submissions to the contest.
Congratulations to David K. Pham, winner of last week’s Twilio developer contest with Conferous – a elegantly simple way to set up a professional conference line for your business.
Interview with David K. Pham
What gave you the idea for Conferous?
Well, actually, Twilio gave me the idea for Conferous. I saw the attractive promo for simple conferencing on the home page on Twilio and, being one who loves to play with shiny new things, I wanted to create an application that used this feature. After checking out some other conferencing applications on the market, I decided that a simple, easy-to-use conferencing application would be valuable to businesses that don’t have time to learn how to create conference calls ...
Announcing Ridiculously Simple Conference Calling
We’re excited to announce the release of a new Twilio feature: Simple Conferencing! With the addition of
, you can bridge together multiple inbound or outbound calls, opening all new possibilities.
Sick of those crappy conference lines? The ones that that require you to enter your conference id, participant pin, access code, weight in kilograms and pi to fourteen digits before you can get to chatting? Now you can build your own with just a few lines of code. Ready?
How Conferencing with Twilio Works
Twilio conferencing adds new REST and TwiML elements to allow bridging
two or more in-progress call sessions. Just
a , and specify the name of the “Room”… any callers who dial the same room will be conferenced together… it’s that easy! Check out these ideas:
Create a simple conference call in just a few lines of code. By default, we take care of ...