BuildingLink Reaches Residents During Hurricane Sandy With Twilio SMS

On Sunday October 28th, Mayor Bloomberg issued an evacuation of all Manhattan residents in Zone A. Jerry Kesterbaum, founder of building management web platform, BuildingLink, had just a few hours to send out SMS evacuation notifications to all residents in all 130  BuildingLink properties. He had to scale– and fast. BuildingLink helps streamline communication between residents, building managers, and building owners. For example, if a tenant… Read More

Infield Health Builds Mobile Health Solutions with the Twilio SMS API

Can a text message a day keep patients on-track with health programs? Three years ago Doug Naegele, president of Infield Health, decided to find out. Infield Health uses mobile technologies like SMS messaging and secure mobile web to help people adhere to programs with a certain health goal in mind. By delivering information straight to mobile phones, the company helps people better manage their health between… Read More

Retail SMS In-Stock Reminders with Twilio

DOer Timmy Crawford is the developer behind Cone Patrol, the Twilio-powered app serving up your powder alerts for northwest during the snow season. He is also the Lead Web Developer at The Longboard Store. Timmy recently implemented SMS reminders to customers waiting for out-of-stock items to be available and below he walks through the process on the site, as well as the conversions he’s watching. This… Read More

CakePHP and Twilio: Receiving and Replying to SMS

This post by developer Bruno Nadeau  was originally posted on the Wyld Collective blog here and is related to a project exploring communication that drives public displays of commentary called Cityspeak. Bruno is an interactive designer and software developer at Wyldco, building all kinds of incredible interactive systems and products. Follow Wyldco at @Wyldco on Twitter and check out the cool projects from Wyld Collective. We… Read More

Top Hat Monocle Helps Students Learn More Using Classroom Tools Powered by Twilio SMS

Walk into any school lecture and you will notice how many students are looking at their phones and how few are looking at the teacher. It’s no wonder that so many teachers try to discourage the use of cell phones and tablets. But Mike Silagadze, the co-founder of Top Hat Monocle, wanted to try a different approach. He wondered what would happen if the power of… Read More

A Twilio-Powered Solution for Libraries: Tampa Bay Library Consortium Builds an SMS Reference Service

As part of our series on tech innovation in libraries, we’ll be focusing on Florida’s “Ask A Librarian” virtual reference desk service. The pioneering service turned to Twilio to power its SMS reference service throughout the Sunshine State. For Floridians, having a virtual reference library means that wherever they are—on a Ferris wheel in Disney World or an airboat in the Everglades—a librarian is just a… Read More

TaxiMagic Builds an SMS Dispatch System Powered by Twilio

TaxiMagic was founded with the simple idea of making it easy to hail a cab. We’ve all been there: standing on a city street fluttering our arms like balky kites at passing taxis that refuse to stop. Or, equally frustrating, calling a cab company, being put on hold, waiting for a dispatcher and wondering if the cab will ever arrive. TaxiMagic, headquartered in Alexandria, VA, figured technology… Read More

SurveyGizmo Launches SMS Surveys with Twilio Connect

Our friends at SurveyGizmo recently announced a cool new product for real-time mobile surveys delivered via Twilio SMS. We can think of lots of ways this will be useful—for event organizers who need to get quick feedback, for facilitators at public forums and for producers of interactive entertainment. For example, this could come in handy at SXSW. Beyond on-the-spot polling, SMS surveys can be a low-friction… Read More

CraftJack Delivers Instant Leads to Home-Improvement Contractors

CraftJack, an online service that connects home owners with home-improvement contractors, needed a way to deliver instant leads to its advertisers. The company switched from Ifbyphone to Twilio and reduced its lead distribution costs by 75 percent. Ross Gordon, the founder of CraftJack, describes the Chicago-based service as a cross between Angie’s List and Salesforce. “We help homeowners find local home improvement contractors, and we help… Read More