12 Hacks of Christmas – Day 4: Meme-o-Gram


For many families the holidays are a time to gather and partake in some of their favorite activities together. For Twilions and their families, those activities often involve writing code. Developer Evangelist Brent Schooley and his family are no exception. In October, Brent showed how to build a meme generator using Twilio. Brent’s brother Aaron Schooley is a software developer at Lockheed Martin and did us… Read More

12 Hacks of Christmas – Day 3: Santa CLI

#12HacksOfChristmas: Day 2

Hi folks! Today we on the devangel crew wanted to sprinkle the 12 Hacks of Christmas with some holiday cheer. The following hack started out as a Santa location hack. Then we found out that there is no such thing as a ‘Santa API’, which means first we’re going to have build that API and then maybe next year we’ll build a tool for tracking Santa in… Read More

12 Hacks of Christmas – Day 2: Training Your Dog with WebRTC, Tessel and Twilio

#12HacksOfChristmas Day 2

We’ve seen people combine Twilio with a bunch of unexpected things – like bears, beers and babies. For today’s #12HacksOfChristmas hack we wanted to highlight a hack from the community that features the pairing of Twilio and man’s best friend. This holiday season learn how to train your dog using Javascript in this brilliant tutorial by Chad Hart. How does it work? Chad gets text notifications… Read More

How to Send Your Users a Branded SMS using Twilio MMS and Illustrator


Have you ever had a night where you feel like everything funny you say lands on deaf ears, only to have an unplanned, half-baked comment make everyone bust up laughing? I think it was Louis CK who said “…simple truth beats out cleverness every time”. I thought of this a few weeks ago when I was showing some of my colleagues an SMS demo I had… Read More

Twilio on Rails Part 2 – Securing Your Rails 4 App and Sending SMS/MMS


Welcome to Part 2 of our series on integrating Twilio with your Rails 4 app. In Part 1 we walked through signing-up for a free Twilio developer account, getting a phone number and processing an inbound phone call. In this blog post, I’ll walk you through: Securing your webhooks so that only Twilio may access them Using Twilio’s REST API to send outbound SMS and MMS… Read More

Lose The Keys, Grab The Phone: SmarterKey Unlocks Doors Via Twilio SMS

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Let’s say you’re on vacation, renting a house in Italy with some friends. You go to pick up the keys to your house but, instead of getting keys, you get a phone number and a code. These are your new keys. This is the new way SmarterKey is changing property rental. Co-founder David Moss (pictured right) says most people renting out their apartment, house or room on… Read More

Automating Twilio Integration Tests with Test Credentials

Twilio recently introduced Test Credentials which gives you an easy way to use automated integration tests to exercise the parts of your application which use the Twilio REST API. Using test credentials, you can pretend to buy phone numbers, send SMS messages, or make phone calls without charging your account, updating the state of your account or connecting to real phone numbers. In this post I’ll show… Read More

DOer Lyle Pratt Launches BuildANumber alongside BetterVoicemail

Lyle Pratt is a DOer by nature, with a business-focused education on paper, he’s been writing software for years. After missing API Hack Day because of the flu, Lyle reached out to share with us the app he built anyways – talk about hack commitment. What he built was an add on to his current start up BetterVoicemail, an app that allows users to simply build… Read More

Manage Your Call Recordings with the REST API

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When we talk about our API, sometimes we use the term “REST” without describing what it actually means. When we look under the hood, we find a lots of moving pieces that fit together to make everything work as described. Realistically, to people who just use Twilio on a day to day basis, those details are not important. The key part developers should understand is “nouns and verbs.”… Read More