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  • By Julie Griffin
    Getting Started With Twilio Free SMS for Businesses Get_Started_With_SMS

    Ever forget your phone at home and feel like you’re missing a limb? Cell phones live in our back pocket, purse, on our desk, and in all cases only an arm’s distance away. Our constant proximity and attention to our mobile devices make short message service (SMS), more commonly known as text messages, so powerful to businesses.

    SMS boasts a 98% open rate, making SMS an incredible avenue for getting customers’ immediate attention. But SMS is not a communication avenue to be overused. Because of the personal relationship users have with their phones (aka extra limb), SMS must be leveraged appropriately to garner your customers’ trust and effectively communicate with them.

    We’ll show you 3 ways you can get started sending SMS (for free) for your business and then provide a few SMS sending tips to make sure you’re set up for success.

    How should businesses use SMS?

    From alerts …

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  • By Lloyd MIller
    Build a Simple Chat Room App in React with Laravel Breeze and Twilio's Conversations API Build a Simple Chat Room App in React with Laravel Breeze and Twilio's Conversation API

    2020 was a huge year for Laravel. It was the year that we saw this beloved framework take leaps and bounds over its competition and push the PHP ecosystem further. The Laravel team managed to make the framework even more powerful by adding new authentication and scaffolding features, which include Jetstream and Breeze.

    Many developers know that full-stack apps with a Vue frontend can be quickly spun up with Laravel Jetstream. What many don’t know is that recently, the Laravel team made it easy to make an Inertia app with Laravel Breeze.

    With this knowledge, let’s have some fun and make a very simple Discord-like app called “Twilcord” that will let multiple users join a room via a phone number or  username. Instead of the default Vue frontend, we’ll be using React. This article will show you that you don’t need to build separate backends and frontends …

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  • By Hagit Merhavi
    Building Twilio’s next-generation Conversations API for chat (and whatever comes next) Conversations-Blog-Header

    We know how valuable in-app and web chat can be in crafting powerful customer engagement. In fact, when we launched our IP Messaging API (which later became known as Twilio Programmable Chat) in 2015, we were among the first to offer developers a fully-featured cloud-hosted chat solution with reliable APIs and SDKs. 

    Since then, we’ve seen tens of millions of monthly active chat users interacting on Twilio – building communities, solving customer issues, and connecting with one another around the world. When the world as we know it came to a standstill at the height of the pandemic, developers deployed chat and other messaging-based channels to help distributed teams respond to customer queries and stay connected. The power of chat is only continuing to grow, as we found in the 2021 State of Customer Engagement Report. More than any other channel, over a third of businesses surveyed said they …

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  • By Sean Coleman
    Launch your own video app with text-based chat in minutes with the updated Twilio Video Open Source ReactJS application Launch your own video app with text-based chat in minutes with the updated Twilio Video Open Source ReactJS application

    Last year, Twilio launched quick deploy video applications for developers to get up and running with Programmable Video in five minutes or less. Today, we are excited to announce the latest enhancement to the open source ReactJS application: out-of-the-box chat support for textual and file-based messaging.

    Whether you are using the app as a launching off point or a canonical reference during development, by adding this feature to the open source ReactJS application we hope to accelerate your development as you look to build chat within your video experience.

    This post will first explore why chat is a valuable channel for the end-user video experience, introduce the new feature, and discuss what we used to build it (spoiler alert: we leveraged Twilio’s very own Conversations API).

    Why add chat into your video experience?

    Chat within the video experience provides a useful channel for users to send clarifying messages, backlog …

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  • By Tilde Thurium
    Implémenter des SMS Conversationnels Rapidement : Twilio Studio + Conversations twilio-studio-conversations-sms

    La communication, c’est complexe. Quelle que soit l'activité de votre entreprise, il est nécessaire de rencontrer les gens là où ils sont et de s'engager avec eux sur les plateformes de communication qu'ils utilisent déjà.

    Twilio Conversations permet de créer des espaces unifiés où les utilisateurs de différentes plateformes peuvent échanger entre eux.

    Twilio Studio est un outil qui permet de créer des applications pour gérer les flux de messagerie avec une logique conditionnelle, sans écrire le moindre code.

    Dans cet article, vous apprendrez à intégrer Studio et Conversations en quelques étapes de configuration avec un temps de code minime.

    Vous verrez quelques exemples d'utilisation, tels que:

    • Suivre la livraison des messages avec des mise à jour sur le statut via des callbacks
    • L’envoi de la transcription intégrale du chat à un opérateur humain

    Prérequis

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  • By Ashley Boucher
    Building Twilio Apps with React: A Guide for Frontend Developers react.png

    Of all the JavaScript application frameworks, React.js continues to be the most popular among JavaScript developers.

    For developers building Twilio apps, however, learning how to make use of the different Twilio JavaScript SDKs inside React can be a complex process, and there aren’t always easy answers.

    In this post, you’ll get a birds eye view of the different Twilio JavaScript SDKs and see examples of how you can utilize them in a React app to make your next project easier.

    Prerequisites

    To make the most of the resources in this post, you should have:

    • A free Twilio account (if you sign up with this link, we’ll both get $10 in Twilio credit when you upgrade your account)
    • A working knowledge of React
    • Node.js installed on your machine
    • npm, yarn, or another package manager

    The Twilio JavaScript SDKs

    Twilio offers several JavaScript SDKs that are used to develop …

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  • By Miguel Grinberg
    Add Text Chat To Your Video Calls With The Twilio Conversations API Add Text Chat To Your Video Calls With The Twilio Conversations API

    If you implemented a video calling application using the Twilio Programmable Video API, you may find that during a call you want to share textual information with the other participants. This could be a link to a document, or even a reaction emoji. In this article you are going to learn how to take your video application to the next level by adding a chat room with the Conversations API.

    Video call with chat demo

    Tutorial requirements

    This is the third article in my series of Programmable Video tutorials, so we are going to take advantage of the video chat application built in the previous two installments and add the chat room feature to it. This application uses a vanilla JavaScript front end and a Python back end. To run this application on your computer you need the following requirements:

    • Python 3.6 or newer. If your operating system does not provide a Python …
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  • By Miguel Grinberg
    Build a Multi-Room Web Chat Application with Flask, React and Twilio Conversations Build a Multi-Room Web Chat Application with Flask, React and Twilio Conversations

    The Twilio Conversations API is a great way to build a unified messaging solution that works across SMS, MMS, WhatsApp, web and mobile chat. In this tutorial you will learn the basics of the Conversations API by creating a web chat application with support for multiple chat rooms.

    Project demo

    The main features of the application we will build are:

    • A Flask backend that logs users in.
    • A command-line interface to manage your chat rooms.
    • A Rect front end that allows your users to chat on the different chat rooms.

    Requirements

    To follow this tutorial you need the following components:

    • Python 3.6 or newer. If your operating system does not provide a Python interpreter, you can go to python.org to download an installer.
    • Node.js 14 or newer. Review the installation instructions for your operating system.
    • The Yarn package manager for Node.js. Review the installation instructions for your operating system.
    • A Twilio account. …
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  • By Tilde Thurium
    Using Twilio Studio and Conversations with SMS Using Twilio Studio and Twilio Conversations with SMS

    Communication is complicated. No matter what your business is, it’s important to meet people where they’re at and engage with them on the communication platforms they’re already using.

    Twilio Conversations enables you to build unified spaces where users on different platforms can communicate with one another. Think of it like a video conference bridge, but for text-based communication.

    Twilio Studio is a visual application builder that allows you to write conditional logic for handling messaging flows without writing any code.

    In this post you’ll learn to integrate Studio and Conversations with a few steps of configuration and a small amount of code. Doing so unlocks a few use cases, such as:

    •  Access to the status callbacks so you can keep track of message delivery status
    • Sending the entire chat transcript to a human operator

    Prerequisites

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  • By Andres Jaan Tack
    Introducing Twilio Conversations: Now, every message becomes an invitation for a conversation Twilio Conversations is now available in Public Beta

    With Twilio Conversations, every business can use cross-channel conversations to build long-lasting customer relationships. Building on the same messaging platform that has allowed digital natives and major enterprises to build communications into their applications, Twilio Conversations is a unified API that solves some of the greatest challenges in customer messaging: cross-channel orchestration, participant management, and message archives.  

    Why Twilio Conversations?

    More businesses than ever are turning to messaging through SMS, WhatsApp, and chat to answer routine questions, deliver up-to-date notifications, or keep customers informed of an upcoming promotion. For many businesses, however, it’s still new terrain. What makes some businesses embrace two-way conversational messaging while others simply send one-way notifications or rely on phone calls or email alone? 

    Channels

    For starters, channel preferences vary. In some regions SMS is the dominant channel; in others, the only way to guarantee a message gets through is over WhatsApp. Customers expectations are …

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