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  • By Dainyl Cua
    Build a Hobby Recommender with Twilio Functions and the WikiMedia API Build a Hobby Recommender with Twilio Functions and the WikiMedia API

    In honor of National Anti-Boredom Month, I decided to build a bot that gives me suggestions for hobbies to pick up in the near future. Want to get hobby suggestions for yourself? Try texting any message to the number +1 (717) 942 - 9721, and see what you get!

    In this tutorial, you’ll see how I built the bot (aptly named HobbyBot) and learn how to build it yourself with Twilio Runtime, specifically Twilio Functions, and the WikiMedia API.

    Prerequisites

    To follow along to this tutorial, you will need:

    • A free or paid Twilio account. If you are new to Twilio, click here to sign up for a free Twilio account and get a $10 credit when you upgrade!
    • A Twilio phone number
    • A personal phone number

    Setting up your developer environment

    For this tutorial, you will only need to work with Twilio Functions. …

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  • By Anthony Dellavecchia
    Get The Latest NBA News Sent to Your Phone via SMS F5 Your Phone to Get the Latest NBA News

    In light of June 30th, 2022, the date when NBA teams can begin negotiations with free agents, now is an exciting time to be a basketball fan. We’ve already seen so much breaking news like Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving demanding trades, the Timberwolves giving away the farm for Rudy Golbert, and surely much more to come.

    I know many fans who are F5ing their news feeds on their computers, so wouldn’t it be fun to do from your phone too? In this post, I’ll teach you how to write a Python application that texts you NBA news.

    Prerequisites

    Before getting started, it’s important to have the following before moving on:

    • Python 3.6 or higher installed on your machine.
    • A Twilio account. If you haven’t yet, sign up for a free Twilio trial.
    • ngrok installed on your machine. ngrok is a useful tool for connecting your local server …
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  • By Al Kiramoto
    Create a Notification System in ServiceNow using Twilio SMS and Voice Notification System San Diego ServiceNow

    If you're using ServiceNow, you might want a straightforward way to add one-way outbound messaging with voice and conferencing.

    This tutorial shows how ServiceNow customers can utilize the out-of-the-box integration with Twilio Messaging and Programmable Voice using the free ServiceNow Notify plugin. The plugin is straightforward to set up, and the business value of implementing it is immense. You can greatly reduce your incidents' time to resolution, shorten the timeline for mobilizing resources to solve incidents, and streamline communications with your customers during active incidents.

    In this tutorial, you'll implement the ServiceNow and Twilio integration by configuring the following features:

    1. ServiceNow Notify for basic SMS and conference calls
    2. Alerts and Notifications using the ServiceNow Workflow Designer
    3. Alerts and Notifications using ServiceNow Business Rules

    ServiceNow and Twilio integrations

    This post is Twilio's recommended Crawl integration with ServiceNow. You can learn more about the ServiceNow use case on the Twilio website. …

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  • By Hayden Powers
    How to Build a Low-Code SMS RSVP System with Airtable, Twilio Functions, and Twilio Studio How to build a low code SMS RSVP system with Airtable Twilio Functions and Twilio Studio

    Airtable is a great tool for prototyping applications that require a database. However, when using multiple API’s in an application, it can get complicated and tricky to juggle all the functions and parameters from different services.

    In this post, we will make a simple, serverless RSVP system with Twilio Functions and Twilio Studio that will scan an Airtable guest list for phone numbers, send a personalized message to each of them, and then update our Airtable records with the responses from each of the invitees as to whether or not they wish to confirm their attendance. Let’s get started!

    Prerequisites

    Before you begin, you will need a few things:

    Airtable setup and layout

    Let’s first start with what we need from …

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  • By Bill Higbee
    8 Steps to Building a Successful SMS Marketing Program Woman texting

    As a marketer, you have undoubtedly noticed how the brands you shop with are using SMS marketing to engage with you in a thoughtful and meaningful way. You may have also become aware of your competition’s use of SMS marketing.

    Because of this, you are eager to implement an effective SMS marketing program to increase engagement with your customers.

    Follow the 8 steps below to get started immediately and accomplish your goals.

    Step 1: Conceptualize your SMS marketing strategy

    SMS marketing provides a wealth of opportunities from driving purchases and reengaging with customers to building authority and awareness through reviews. Think about all the ways that SMS marketing can help you engage customers and what it’ll mean to your company's long-term success.

    Step 2: Build a mini business case to determine the value you can drive

    Quantify the value that your company can achieve from SMS marketing with Twilio’s texting …

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  • By Ashley Boucher
    Send a GIF the No-Code Way with Twilio Studio Copy of C03 Blog Text (3)

    In this article you’ll learn how to respond to any incoming text messages sent to your Twilio phone number with a GIF using a no-code solution called Twilio Studio.

    Twilio Studio allows you to create all kinds of communication apps. Studio works by providing a blank canvas where you can drag and drop configurable widgets that handle different tasks. You can connect these widgets together to create application flows, or simply: apps!

    Prerequisites

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

    Create a Studio flow

    Navigate to the Studio Flows section of your Twilio Console.

    To create a new flow, click the blue + button toward the top left of the screen. If you’ve never created a Studio flow before, your button will …

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  • By Ashley Boucher
    Automatically Forward Text Messages with No Code Using Twilio Studio Copy of C03 Blog Text (2)

    This article explains how to forward any incoming text messages sent to your Twilio phone number to another number automatically using a no-code solution called Twilio Studio.

    Twilio Studio allows you to create all kinds of communication apps. Studio works by providing a blank canvas where you can drag and drop configurable widgets that handle different tasks. You can connect these widgets together to create application flows.

    Prerequisites

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

    Create a Studio flow

    Navigate to the Studio Flows section of your Twilio Console.

    To create a new flow, click the blue + button toward the top left of the screen. If you’ve never created a Studio flow before, your button will say Create new Flow. …

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  • By Johnny Nguyen
    SMS Forwarding and Responding Using Twilio SMS and Python SMS Forwarding and Responding Using Twilio SMS and Python

    An SMS proxy service uses an additional phone number to serve as an intermediary between two or more parties. One of the main reasons to use a proxy to forward messages is to facilitate communication without disclosing phone numbers. As a result, an SMS proxy encourages reporting, collaboration, and discussions without the risk of revealing a private phone number.

    In this tutorial, you will learn how to use Twilio’s Programmable Messaging API to proxy messages. This tutorial includes 2 different iterations of the application. The first will cover how to forward an SMS message, while the second will give an example of how to respond to the message.

    Prerequisites

    To continue with this tutorial, you will need:

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  • By Mia Adjei
    Build a Weather Chatbot with Twilio SMS, Python, and Flask Build a Weather Bot with Twilio SMS, Python, and Flask

    Weather apps are extremely helpful in a world where weather is becoming increasingly unpredictable. After all, even though you might be able to look out the window and see whether it's raining or not, you might not know what the temperature or UV index is without checking a website or app.

    In this tutorial, you will learn how to build a little chatbot that can tell you the weather in your area or where you are planning to be, as well as remind you what you might want to bring along with you if you go outside.

    Let's get started!

    Prerequisites

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  • By Heather Hargreaves
    Send Twilio Events to Segment using Event Streams Banner for Send Twilio Events to Segment using Event Streams

    In this post, you will learn how to send Twilio events to Segment using Twilio Event Streams with a Segment Sink. This is an out of the box integration that requires no code to get started. We will also cover the benefits of using this integration, plus show you some use cases to help you optimize using Twilio and Segment together.

    Prerequisites

    To get started you will need:

    • A Twilio account with access to Event Streams – sign up here for a free developer account. See our documentation here on how to access Event Streams.
    • You will also need access to the Segment Sink – the documentation linked shows how to access it.
    • A Segment account – Sign up here for a trial account.

    What are Event Streams in Twilio?

    Event Streams is an API that allows you to configure centralized streams of event data directly into your infrastructure, so …

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