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  • By Nicolas Vautier
    Build an SMS Proxy that Redacts PII from Conversation Threads Using Twilio SMS, Pangea Redact Service, and Python Build an SMS Proxy that Redacts PII from Conversations Using Twilio SMS, Pangea Redact Service, and Python

    It is better to give than to receive — the seemingly universal proverb does not apply to your personal data. In the information era of the internet, fueled by how much information companies can acquire about their customers, giving them the ability to regulate unintentional data leaks in digital communications can be a gift that both delights your customers and gains their trust. In this post, you will learn how to redact sensitive or personal information unintentionally sent through Twilio-powered SMS conversations using Pangea’s Redact service.

    By the end of the tutorial you’ll have:

    • Set up a free Pangea account and Access Token for interacting with the Redact Service
    • Set up a Django and Python application that utilizes the Twilio SMS and Pangea SDKs to redact sensitive information
    • Run the application locally on your workstation
    • Configured Twilio webhooks to invoke your app using ngrok

    If you’d like to try …

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  • By Marius Obert
    How to Buy a Twilio Number in the DACH Region How to Buy a Twilio Number in the DACH Region

    Hello and thanks for reading. By the way, this post is also available in German: Wie kaufe ich eine Twilio-Rufnummer mit Regulatory Bundles.

    If you're reading this article, you've probably heard about all the exciting things, products, and services you can build with a Twilio number. You can send and receive SMS, receive calls, design an Interactive Voice Response (IVR), and code any telecom scenario you can think of in your favorite language. And it all starts with a Twilio phone number.

    But, unfortunately, it is sometimes not so easy to purchase a number. We developers are often unaware that national regulations determine who is allowed to acquire a telephone number and under what conditions.

    Many legislators prefer this approach because it helps prevent abuse and spam. However, it can be a challenge for us, as some legislators are stricter, while others are more relaxed, allowing easier access …

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  • By Diane Phan
    How to Send SMS From a MySQL Database With Java Spring Boot header - How to Send SMS From a MySQL Database With Java Spring Boot

    This is part 3 of the series of how to set up a working MySQL database to send SMS. Part 2 can be found under the tutorial requirements.

    In this article, you will learn how to send an SMS with contents from a MySQL database.

    Tutorial requirements

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  • By Néstor Campos
    Schedule surprise messages with Twilio SMS for a mystical date How to schedule surprise messages  with Twilio SMS  for a mystical date

    Imagine that you want to give a fantastic dinner to your loved ones a great New Year's Eve dinner, but you want to keep it a surprise for as long as possible. So you decide to start sending them different SMS messages with a series of clues on different days to maintain the "mystique" of this surprise.

    In this article, you will create a console application to send scheduled SMS messages with Twilio that are sent at a specific time/date.

    Prerequisites

    You will need the following for your development environment:

    You can find the source code of this tutorial in this GitHub repository.

    Configure Twilio

    Get your …

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  • By Ranjeet Sidhu
    More Channels with Less Code Content API Private Beta Blog (1)

    The Twilio Content API and Content Editor power the next-generation of omni-channel messaging.

    New Channels, New Challenges

    New messaging channels like WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, and Google’s Business Messages offer rich interactive experiences that boost engagement and delight customers. However, keeping up with the latest features across all channels can be challenging.

    With new rich messaging features like buttons and lists, content rules and feature capabilities vary widely across channels. For developers integrating with channel providers directly this means embarking upon a time-intensive and complex development effort. To reach customers on the channel they prefer, content must be t …

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  • By Oluyemi Olususi
    Send Bulk SMS With Go and Twilio Send Bulk SMS  With Go and Twilio

    Sometimes, nothing beats a good old SMS. The delivery of an SMS is not reliant on the recipient having any form of connection to the internet. This makes it highly reliable when delivering critical notifications. In certain instances, such as Amber alerts, for example, these notifications need to be sent in bulk to a wide audience.

    You might be wondering how difficult it would be to implement such a system. Well, with Twilio it’s actually a breeze. In this post, I will show you how to build a bulk SMS-sending application using Golang, powered by Twilio.

    Prerequisites

    To follow this tutorial, you will need the following:

    Set up the project

    The first thing you need to do is to create a project directory and change …

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  • By Ashley Boucher
    Build a Chatbot with GPT-3, Twilio Programmable SMS, and JavaScript Copy of C02 Blog Text

    In this article you’ll learn how to build a chatbot using GPT-3 text completion, Twilio Programmable SMS, and JavaScript. This SMS based chatbot is going to be your new AI best friend! You’ll learn how to engineer your ideal bot by feeding a customized prompt to GPT-3.

    Prerequisites

    To get started with this tutorial, you’ll need the following:

    Initialize your app

    Open your terminal and navigate to a suitable location for your project. Create a project directory for your app called aifriend and then navigate inside it:

    mkdir aifriend
    cd aifriend
    

    Then, run the following command to …

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  • By Evan Weiss
    How to embed Twilio Conversations in a Retool app for bidirectional messaging Embed Twilio Conversations in Retool for bidirectional messaging

    Twilio Conversations makes it easy to add messaging to your applications using Twilio's SDKs and APIs. But presenting a chat dialogue in your product or on your website is only half of the battle. You also need to build a chat interface for your agents to interact with.

    In this tutorial, you’ll use the Twilio Conversations JS SDK to add bidirectional messaging capabilities to an agent portal built in Retool. Retool is a development platform for internal tools. Together, Twilio Conversations and Retool provide a powerful and easy-to-use toolkit to build custom chat-enabled internal applications.

    A user interface screenshot showing an in-progress chat conversation between a customer and an agent. SMS settings are displayed on the left, a chat window is displayed in the middle, and an emoji picker is displayed on the right.

    Want to add Twilio Voice to a Retool app? Check out this blog post!

    Prerequisites

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  • By Liz Moy
    How to Test Your Twilio App from India Using Twilio Dev Phone Test Your Twilio App from India with Dev Phone

    There are few things more frustrating than sending a test message or call to your application and not getting through – especially if you check the Twilio logs and see that your call or message never reached the number. If you’re a developer in India, your development process might be running up against some special telephony restrictions.

    It is important to understand India’s messaging limitations before you consider developing an app to send SMS to Indian mobile devices. However, if you just need to test an application that is being developed for deployment in other countries, the Twilio Dev Phone is a great solution.

    Limitations of Twilio SMS to Indian mobile devices

    When sending messages to India from Twilio, your Twilio phone number won’t appear as the sender of the message: the sender ID will be changed by the carrier before your SMS messages are delivered to end users. Usually …

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  • By Nick Piegari
    How to Build ADHD Lifehack Tools with Python, Google Sheets, and Twilio SMS How to Build ADHD Lifehack Tools with Python, Google Sheets, and Twilio SMS

    I can say from experience that ADHD adds several layers of complexity to life on an already chaotic and distracting planet, and while we need all the help we can get, it’s often difficult to find tools that you stay in the habit of using and that actually help.

    By building your own, not only will you be able to have a tool built custom for your brain, but the satisfaction of building something may encourage you to keep using and optimizing it!

    In this tutorial, we'll be building three helpful tools:

    • An SMS task-inbox-and-notetaking app
    • A die roll app for moments of indecision
    • A timer that texts you when time is up

    The theme of the project examples in this post are all about getting things out of your head, and getting yourself out of your own head, two very common challenges for ADHD brains.

    How will these apps …

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