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  • By Niels Swimberghe
    Send Email and SMS from Google Forms using Zapier, SendGrid, and Twilio Send Email and SMS from Google Forms using Zapier, SendGrid, and Twilio

    Forms are one of the fundamental building blocks of the web. Almost all websites use forms to get feedback from users and to gather leads. Many of these forms integrate directly with a Customer Relationship Management (CRM) system, while others forward the form data directly to an email inbox.

    If you're building a form using a web framework, you can quickly integrate SendGrid's Email API or one of the SendGrid libraries to forward the data to an email inbox. However, sometimes there's no time to build a fully fledged form yourself, or the form's purpose is for a single short-lived campaign. In that case, you could use an off-the-shelf form product like Google Forms to get the job done quickly with minimal investment. You don't even have to sacrifice the form integrations, because with Zapier's workflow automation, you can integrate Google Forms with tons of products including SendGrid to send …

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  • By Tilde Thurium
    Weiterleiten von SMS und Anrufen über eine alternative Telefonnummer Weiterleiten von SMS und Anrufen über eine alternative Telefonnummer

    Die Balance zwischen Privatsphäre und Komfort kann schwierig sein. Heute zeige ich Ihnen, wie Sie mit Twilio Nachrichten und Anrufe weiterleiten, sodass Sie Ihren Kontakten eine alternative Telefonnummer aushändigen können, unter der Sie erreichbar sind, während Ihre echte Telefonnummer geheim bleibt.

    Es gibt viele Gründe, warum Sie Ihre echte Telefonnummer vielleicht verbergen möchten:

    • Transaktionen mit Fremden im Internet wie Kauf/Verkauf auf Ebay Kleinanzeigen
    • Sie möchten Ihren Lieferanten und Kunden eine Nummer geben, unter der sie Sie erreichen können
    • Angabe einer Telefonnummer auf Ihrer Visitenkarte

    Voraussetzungen zum Erstellen einer Weiterleitungsnummer

    • Ein Twilio-Konto (melden Sie sich für ein kostenloses Konto hier an).
    • Eine Twilio-Telefonnummer mit SMS- und Sprachfunktionen
    • Eine Telefonnummer, an die Sie Anrufe und Nachrichten weiterleiten möchten. Für den Rest dieses Beitrags sprechen wir der Einfachheit halber von Ihrer Handynummer. Es kann aber auch eine beliebige Nummer mit SMS- und Sprachfunktionen sein.
    • Ein Freund mit einer SMS-fähigen Telefonnummer, der Ihnen beim …
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  • By Ashley Boucher
    So verifizieren Sie einen Nutzer per SMS mit JavaScript und Twilio Verify So verifizieren Sie einen Nutzer per SMS mit JavaScript und Twilio Verify

    Viele Anwendungen überprüfen und autorisieren ihre Benutzer, indem sie einen numerischen Code, das sogenannten Einmalkennwort, entweder per Sprachanruf oder per SMS, an die Telefonnummer des Benutzers senden.

    In diesem Artikel erfahren Sie, wie Sie die SMS-Benutzer-Verifizierung mit Twilio Verify durchführen. Sie werden ein abgespecktes Frontend mit JavaScript und HTML sowie ein Node.js-Backend erstellen, alles gehostet mit Twilio Functions und gebaut mit dem Twilio Serverless Toolkit, einem Plugin für die Twilio-CLI.

    Voraussetzungen

    Um mit diesem Tutorial zu beginnen, benötigen Sie Folgendes:

    Einrichtung von Twilio Functions

    Führen …

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  • By Alex Chun
    Integrating Salesforce with Twilio Frontline for Insight-driven Donor Engagement Twilio-Frontline-Donor-Engagement

    In today’s digital-first world, it’s no surprise that relationships are built both offline and online. However, when it comes to donor engagement, it’s historically been hard to empower teams to engage donors across channels like messaging and voice while maintaining staff and donor privacy. It's been harder still to achieve this while tracking the progress of these engagements in your system of record, like a CRM.

    That’s where Twilio Frontline comes in – a programmable, mobile-first application that is used to securely build personalized donor relationships over preferred channels such as SMS, WhatsApp, and voice. And, with integrations into data systems like Salesforce, teams can easily access all the context they need and track engagements efficiently.

    In this blog post, we are going to specifically cover how Twilio Frontline can be most effectively used for donor engagement. We’ll walk through how to set up Twilio Frontline, integrate it with Salesforce, …

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  • By Ted Gieschen
    How to Collect Times and Dates in Voice Calls or SMS using JavaScript How to Collect Times and Dates in Voice Calls or SMS using JavaScript

    Twilio offers a wide variety of channels you can use to connect with your customers, for example, through an SMS or Phone Call. One of the ways you can use these channels is to collect data from your customers. Depending on the type of data, this can be a complex undertaking. Collecting individual words or numbers is usually pretty straightforward. However, when asking customers to share specific Times and Dates, this can be far more complex. A typical use-case might be the scheduling of an appointment. This is especially true when allowing customers to communicate in free form (for example, “I would like an appointment next Tuesday at 3 pm”).

    In this blog, I will show you how you can extract Times and Dates during a phone call using JavaScript and serverless Twilio Functions without the need for any 3rd party integrations.

    Prerequisites

    To build this solution, you will …

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  • By Casey Runnells
    MMS for Long Text Messages is Generally Available MMS for Long Text Messages

    In certain instances, businesses need to send longer text messages to communicate effectively. Perhaps it’s a doctor’s office sending post-appointment care notes or a retailer sending a promotion that includes emojis. But the increased character counts in such messages can cause them to be sent across several text messages (segments) which may diminish the recipient's experience and increase costs.

    That’s why we’re excited to announce that MMS for Long Text Messages is now generally available!

    This feature allows Twilio customers to deliver those longer messages to their recipients via a single MMS message instead of it being broken up into smaller SMS segments. MMS for Long Text Messages is available at no additional cost as part of our Messaging Services features. It is available in the US and Canada and can be used with Short Code, Toll-Free, and A2P 10DLC sender types.

    This is another step in …

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  • By Ricky Holtz
    Introducing the Twilio Dev Phone dev-phone-banner

    I used to be an adjunct professor at Berkeley City College. My class was learning about 3rd party APIs, and so I set aside a classroom day to work on Twilioquest. On the day of the event, my students showed up and fired up their laptops...

    And I learned that my classroom had no cell service.

    While it was funny to watch my students run outside to a window to try and get some service and "catch" the text message, situations like this show us a clear issue: sometimes, our personal cell phones can be a blocker to our Twilio development. That's why Twilio's Developer Advocacy team is excited to announce the Twilio Dev Phone, a Twilio CLI plugin that allows you to send and receive calls and SMS straight from your local development environment.

    A screenshot of the dev phone UI

    You can learn more about the dev phone and how to use it …

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  • By Miguel Grinberg
    Serverless Twilio Webhooks on AWS with Lambda Function URLs Serverless Twilio Webhooks on AWS with Lambda Function URLs

    Serverless platforms are ideal for the deployment of webhooks such as those used by Twilio services, as they provide flexibility and scalability without the complications involved in hosting on your own infrastructure.

    In this tutorial you are going to learn how to create a Twilio SMS webhook written in Python using AWS Lambda, with its brand new function URLs feature.

    Requirements

    To work on this tutorial you will need the following items:

    • A Python 3 interpreter compatible with AWS Lambda (as of April 2022, Python 3.6, 3.7, 3.8 or 3.9). If your operating system does not provide a Python interpreter, you can go to python.org to download an installer.
    • Node.js installed on your computer. You can download a Node.js installer from the Node.js website.
    • A Twilio account. If you are new to Twilio click here to create a free account now and receive $10 credit when you upgrade …
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  • By Diane Phan
    How to Organize a Lunch Order with Java and Twilio SMS header - How to Organize a Lunch Order with Java and Twilio SMS

    Offices are opening up again! As employees are slowly going back to work in the office, local businesses are blooming with an influx of customers and new food orders. Allow Twilio to assist you in making your next lunch run with a quick and accessible way to view those elaborate orders on your phone when you're in line.

    In this article, you will learn how to make a list to add and view from your phone using Twilio SMS and Java.

    Prerequisites

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  • By Niels Swimberghe
    How to better configure C# and .NET applications for Twilio How to better configure C# and .NET apps for Twilio

    There are a hundred different ways to provide configuration to your applications. For almost any programming language, you can use environment variables and .env files, but configuration can also be stored in other file formats like JSON, YAML, TOML, XML, INI, and the list keeps on going. Though, in some scenarios configuration isn't pulled from files, but instead is pulled from a service like Azure Key Vault, HashiCorp Vault, or a similar vault service. It is rare that your configuration will come from a single source. Luckily, there are APIs in .NET that can help you grab configuration from multiple sources and merge them together.

    In this tutorial, you'll start with an application that sends text messages using Twilio Programmable SMS, where the configuration is fetched directly from the environment variables. You'll then refactor the app to

    • fetch configuration from multiple sources, specifically, JSON files, user-secrets, environment variables, and …
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