Send and Receive Tweets using SMS with Twilio: Part 1


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

Give Your Phone Number To A Car Salesmen: How A Lesson In Trust and Technology Led To CarCodeSMS’ Success


Nick, Steve and Prabode had their business plan laid out, their go-to-market strategy was locked and loaded. They just needed to do one thing for their startup, CarCodeSMS, to be successful: Get customers to trust the least trusted people in America – car salesmen. Their plan wasn’t just to re-establish trust with salesmen, they also wanted customers to be comfortable buying cars from salesmen, and having… Read More

How Passive Aggressive Texts From A French Bulldog Can Help Nonprofits: All Good Text Delivers Critical Data via SMS


There’s an empty feeling you get in your stomach when you open your analytics dashboard and see lines plummeting downward. Your sign ups are down, your video plays are down. The last thing you want is a passive aggressive text message from a French bulldog named Turtle, but it might be exactly what you need. Turtle is the Data Watchdog at All Good Text, a product… Read More

Passwordless SMS Authentication: Part 2 – Building iOS Front End With Swift


I have to fill out a “forgot password” page at least once a week. That’s probably why I’m so excited about passwordless authentication. Passwordless authentication is a system where the application you’re logging into generates a one time use token for you to log in with and delivers that token via SMS or some other means. You can then verify this password from the device you… Read More

The Red Cross Streamlines Dispatch With

Tennessee Floods 2010

Most disasters the American Red Cross encounters are house fires that require a network of volunteers to be immediately dispatched during an emergency. They provide shelter, food and clothing, in addition to services like mental health support. The American Red Cross of Chicago & Northern Illinois responds to three or four disasters a day – that adds up to 1,200 a year. Every moment counts when… Read More

Answering Health Questions via SMS with IBM Watson and Twilio


Q: “Combining these two APIs can let you quickly query a complex health data set via SMS.” A: “What are IBM Watson and Twilio?” You probably remember IBM Watson battling humans in Jeopardy. Now developers can access this same power via the Watson Question and Answer API. Currently IBM has exposed the health and travel data sets via the API. I wanted to build an app… Read More

Where’s My Stuff?: Package Zen Makes Delivery Tracking Simple With Twilio MMS


We’ve all been there. That super important thing was delivered to us – at work or at home – and disappeared into thin air. There are stages of questioning in that moment where you’re standing at a reception desk or at the mailroom room door. Is it under that stack of packages in the back? Did someone else pick it up? Did it get delivered to… Read More

Rain’s Coming, Tell Your Landlord via Twilio SMS and Zillabyte


It rarely rains in San Francisco. We go months without so much as a drop, sprinkle or sun shower. But, when the rain hits, it hits hard. In December there were tremendous floods due to downpour that left homeowners and renters in dire straits. Unprepared landlords had to scramble and work against the clock to fight flooding, and repair water damage. Nikhil Karnik, a software engineer… Read More

The Drama of Data: Whirligig Productions Builds An Interactive Theater With Node.js, Drones, and Twilio SMS


Nothing spells drama like actors and audience both vying for power from a Greek oracle. Deus Ex Machina, isn’t your typical theatrical production. Robert Matney, Co-Artistic Director at Whirilgig Productions, built out an entirely new way for audience and actors to not only interact with a story, but build it in realtime via Twilio SMS. Robert Matney was inspired by the work of his peers and… Read More