Receive Twitter Notifications by SMS with EventMachine and the Twitter Streaming API (Send and Receive Tweets Using SMS with Twilio Part 3)

I’ve been having fun with the Twitter and Twilio APIs recently. First was the release of a tool to send and receive Tweets using SMS and Twilio. In part 2 I started to dig into how the app was built, starting with how to send a Tweet with SMS. Now it’s time to look into how the other side works: how to send SMS notifications when… Read More

How to Verify Phone Numbers in Ruby with the Lookup API

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Twilio Lookup is a REST API that can: Verify that a phone number exists Format any international phone number into its local standard Determine if a phone number is a cell phone, VOIP or landline Discover information about a phone number’s carrier In this tutorial we’ll use the Twilio Ruby gem to get phone number data from the Lookup API in just a few lines of… Read More

How to Send a Tweet with SMS (Send and Receive Tweets Using SMS: Part 2)

In a moment of outrage with UK mobile networks, I recently released a small app that you could use to send and receive Tweets using SMS and Twilio. In the next couple of posts I want to dive into the code and show you how I built it in only 62 lines of Ruby. We’ll cover setting the application up, webhooks and sending Tweets in this… Read More

Send and Receive Tweets using SMS with Twilio: Part 1

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You may have just read the title and thought, “What? Can’t you already send and receive tweets over SMS?” You would be right to think that, Twitter has a load of shortcodes for different countries for sending and receiving tweets. But since February 4th in the UK, O2, one of the major mobile operators, announced to their users (by SMS ironically) that they were dropping this… Read More

Craft Beer & SMS: Never Miss A Rare Brew Again

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What a time to be alive! Just a couple of weeks ago was London Beer Week. My home city spent a week celebrating everybody’s favourite pint sized beverage. With the focus on great beer from breweries across the capital, the country and the world I’ve been thinking about how I can get more great beer all year round. You see, there’s this great beer shop, Clapton… Read More

TaskRouter and the Internet of Things

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There are millions of devices hooked up to the Internet and generating data, from refrigerators monitoring their contents to webcams tracking intruders. These connected devices, collectively referred to as the “Internet of Things” often create work that needs to be done by humans. How do we keep track of all that work? How do we assign that work to an appropriately skilled and available worker? How… Read More

Creating a Priority Queue for your Call Centre with TaskRouter

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Queueing, lining up, waiting your turn. It’s part of life, especially for the British. Yes, we’re good at it. Yes, we even like it. Yes, that is why I wanted to write about it. The new Twilio TaskRouter makes building and managing queues easy. In this post I’m going to show you how to build a call centre queueing system with TaskRouter in under 25 lines… Read More

Note Taking On the Go With Evernote and Twilio – Part One

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A good note taking system is extremely valuable. There are numerous times in any given week in which there’s some piece of information I need to capture in a reliable place. The safe place for this type of information for me is Evernote. It is available on every device I use and it syncs effortlessly so I know my information will always be available. However, I… Read More