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What is Twilio?

Twilio offers developers a powerful API for phone services to make and receive phone calls, and send and receive text messages. Their product allows programmers to more easily integrate various communication methods into their software and programs.
Twilio is a tool in the Voice and SMS category of a tech stack.

Who uses Twilio?

Companies
893 companies reportedly use Twilio in their tech stacks, including Airbnb, Uber, and reddit.

Developers
1383 developers on StackShare have stated that they use Twilio.

Twilio Integrations

Ansible, Twilio SendGrid, Sentry, Google App Engine, and Zendesk are some of the popular tools that integrate with Twilio. Here's a list of all 60 tools that integrate with Twilio.

Why developers like Twilio?

Here’s a list of reasons why companies and developers use Twilio
Twilio Reviews

Here are some stack decisions, common use cases and reviews by companies and developers who chose Twilio in their tech stack.

Tom Klein
Tom Klein
CEO at Gentlent · | 9 upvotes · 49.7K views
atGentlentGentlent
TensorFlow
TensorFlow
Let's Encrypt
Let's Encrypt
Twilio
Twilio
PayPal
PayPal
Stripe
Stripe
CloudFlare
CloudFlare
Google Maps
Google Maps
Google Drive
Google Drive
Stack Overflow
Stack Overflow
Postman
Postman
Google Analytics
Google Analytics

Google Analytics is a great tool to analyze your traffic. To debug our software and ask questions, we love to use Postman and Stack Overflow. Google Drive helps our team to share documents. We're able to build our great products through the APIs by Google Maps, CloudFlare, Stripe, PayPal, Twilio, Let's Encrypt, and TensorFlow.

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Julien DeFrance
Julien DeFrance
Full Stack Engineering Manager at ValiMail · | 3 upvotes · 26.2K views
atSmartZipSmartZip
Twilio SendGrid
Twilio SendGrid
Authy
Authy
Twilio Functions
Twilio Functions
Twilio
Twilio
Nexmo
Nexmo
#Twilio
#SDK
#SMS
#VoiceAndSms

Nexmo vs Twilio ?

Back in the early days at SmartZip Analytics, that evaluation had - for whatever reason - been made by Product Management. Some developers might have been consulted, but we hadn't made the final call and some key engineering aspects of it were omitted.

When revamping the platform, I made sure to flip the decision process how it should be. Business provided an input but Engineering lead the way and has the final say on all implementation matters. My engineers and I decided on re-evaluating the criteria and vendor selection. Not only did we need SMS support, but were we not thinking about #VoiceAndSms support as the use cases evolved.

Also, on an engineering standpoint, SDK mattered. Nexmo didn't have any. Twilio did. No-one would ever want to re-build from scratch integration layers vendors should naturally come up with and provide their customers with.

Twilio won on all fronts. Including costs and implementation timelines. No-one even noticed the vendor switch.

Many years later, Twilio demonstrated its position as a leader by holding conferences in the Bay Area, announcing features like Twilio Functions. Even acquired Authy which we also used for 2FA. Twilio's growth has been amazing. Its recent acquisition of SendGrid continues to show it.

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Sebastian Gębski
Sebastian Gębski
CTO at Shedul/Fresha · | 3 upvotes · 16.6K views
atFresha EngineeringFresha Engineering
Braintree
Braintree
Twilio
Twilio
Mandrill
Mandrill
Google Maps
Google Maps

We make sure to implement only the functionalities that are specific to our business domain (Beauty & Wellness) & use other services for functionalities we find generic or secondary (they do not make us stand out). We've picked the most stable & popular ones we could find for such purposes: Google Maps (for salon location maps), Mandrill (sending mail notifications), Twilio (sending SMS notifications) or Braintree (for payments).

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Kirill Shirinkin
Kirill Shirinkin
Cloud and DevOps Consultant at mkdev · | 2 upvotes · 19K views
atmkdevmkdev
Twilio
Twilio
Pusher
Pusher
Mattermost
Mattermost

Recently we finished long research on chat tool for our students and mentors. In the end we picked Mattermost Team Edition as the cheapest and most feature complete option. We did consider building everything from scratch and use something like Pusher or Twilio on a backend, but then we would have to implement all the desktop and mobile clients and all the features oursevles. Mattermost gave us flexible API, lots of built in or easy to install integrations and future-proof feature set. We are still integrating it with our main platform but so far the team, existing mentors and students are very happy.

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Brandon Leonardo
Brandon Leonardo
Twilio
Twilio

We use Twilio extensively for voice call routing, for texting. We, in fact, use it for MMS messaging as of recently...We do number masking. So the personal shopper never has your actual number, you call the Twilio number and it routes you intelligently to the customer. And vice-versa. Twilio

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Blair Anderson
Blair Anderson
Twilio
Twilio

We proxy conversations between our user conversations to keep their numbers private. Twilio

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Twilio's Features

  • Phone- Phone Numbers API
  • Phone- Convert Text to Speech and Play Audio
  • Phone- Record Calls and Store Them
  • Phone- Create Conferences
  • Phone- API Queueing
  • Phone- Call Queues
  • Phone- Convert Speech to Text
  • Phone- Usage API
  • Phone- Status Callbacks and Logs
  • Phone- Global Reach
  • SMS- Supports Unicode
  • SMS- Message Queueing
  • SMS- Realtime API
  • SMS- Global Reach
  • SMS- Status Callbacks and Logs
  • SMS- Usage metering & API triggers
  • SMS- Voice Enabled Numbers
  • SMS- Short Codes
  • Two-factor authentication
  • Call tracking
  • Voice broadcasting
  • Cloud IVR
  • Mobile app distribution

Twilio Alternatives & Comparisons

What are some alternatives to Twilio?
Nexmo
Nexmo connects your apps directly to carriers around the world. Integrate SMS and Voice messages using one simple API. Use Nexmo Verity to register users, verify transactions, and implement two factor authentication.
Plivo
Plivo provides basic building block APIs in the form of Plivo XML and HTTP API, to create telephony apps, so developers can completely do away with learning the nitty-gritty of the telephony plumbing.
OpenTok
OpenTok adds the clarity and emotion of face-to-face communication to your brand whether you're developing for the web, iOS, or Android. We make the integration of high-quality live video a breeze so that you can focus on building a great product.
Bandwidth
A Communications Platform as a Service company offering a full suite of voice, messaging, and 9-1-1 APIs, all built atop the company's own all-IP voice network.
RingCentral
Since RingCentral is cloud based, you enjoy the freedom to connect and manage multiple locations, devices and workers within your cloud phone system. You can easily customize users, departments, and call handling rules. No matter where you, or the users, are. You only need a high-speed Internet connection and your phone system is ready to work lightning fast, anytime and anyplace. There’s no PBX hardware.
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Twilio's Stats

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Twilio's Followers
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