Joseph Tinsley Solves A Class Registration Nightmare For His Niece With Twilio SMS


Registering for college classes is a lot like shopping on Black Friday here in America. You’ve probably seen the videos of people stampeding through the doors of a superstore at 4am to get their hands on an Xbox. That’s what class registration is like in a virtual sense. When thousands of students all hit the registration page at once, it can crash. The downtime couldn’t come… Read More

Website SMS Alerts with the Plushcap Python Package: Part 1

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When your website crashes you can either hear about it from your alerting software or an angry customer. That’s why a variety of hosted services exist to monitor websites. However, for small websites you often want a simple open source project that can be set up in a couple of minutes to get the monitoring job done. In this post we’ll walk through the creation of… Read More

How To Set Up GitHub Activity SMS Alerts


Building a community around a new open source project is a tall order. Immediate feedback is critical when a collaborating developer opens a pull request on your GitHub project. One key component to a healthy repository community I’ve learned over the past year is to comment on and merge pull requests as soon as they are opened. The short feedback loop allows other developers to feel… Read More

Hit The Slopes: Timmy Crawford Sends Snow Updates via SMS Alerts

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When fresh powder calls, you answer. Ski-junkie and developer Timmy Crawford (pictured right) built ConePatrol he and his fellow skiers could get instant alerts when Mount Bachelor in Bend, OR had fresh powder. Now, about 2 years since ConePatrol launched, Timmy has over 1,000 users who wake up to his SMS alerts, boots and gloves in hand, ready to speed to the mountain. We talked to… Read More

TrustedID Protects Customers From ID Theft With Real-Time SMS Alerts

Identity-protection company, TrustedID, uses Twilio to notify customers of potential threats with SMS alerts. TrustedID is an identity-protection company. Using both data mining algorithms and other monitoring techniques, TrustedID’s services help consumers protect their bank accounts, credit cards, social security numbers and medical health benefits against identity thieves. Since it began operations, TrustedID has been relying on email notifications and phone calls to alert its members… Read More uses SMS alerts to streamline sales and marketing communications

Launched in 2009, is an online directory that connects trade professionals like plumbers, gardeners and dentists to customers in need of their services. Thumbtack did research and found that text messaging (SMS) was the best way to communicate with their customer base and enable the listed professionals to respond rapidly to incoming leads. When Thumbtack built SMS alerts into its sales and marketing processes with Twilio’s dead-simple… Read More