Jonathan Keebler

Posts Tagged ‘mobile’

SMS Shortcode in Canada for $25/month

Posting content to live events via SMS and voicemail has become an important feature for many of our clients. When they have reporters in the field, we can now send a text-message directly to their phone, and the reporter just has to text-message back their content. It works great, it’s fast, and it’s easy.

For our Canadian customers though, although we can provided Canadian voicemail numbers through any number of providers (the best out there are Twilio or Tropo), I found it very difficult to find any company offering Canadian numbers that can receive SMS. There are a few “gateway providers” out there, but their implementations require everything from running your own cell-modem, to spending hundreds per month.

After much searching, I found Club Texting. They are a U.S. company, but they have the shortcode 212121 in Canada. You buy a “keyword” from them starting at $25/month which your users must start their text-messages with. For example, if you bought the keyword “keebler” your users would text-message 212121 with “keebler This is the rest of my message.”

After they receive your text-message, they have a number of options to deal with it including emailing you, SMSing you, and (most importantly) hitting your servers via a RESTful API.

So far, their service has been working great. For the Scotiabank Nuit Blanche Toronto city-wide event next month, we’ll be powering live screens all over the city. People will be able to send in their comments via SMS, which we’re going to be displaying on screens all over the city (as well as web and mobile phones of course). It’s going to be great. I can’t wait to watch the flood of messages coming in from a few million people :)

(Photo from City of Toronto)

ScribbleLive Mobile 1.2 for iPhone in AppStore!

The next version of ScribbleLive Mobile for iPhone is now available in the AppStore. With this version, it’s even easier to view all your company’s events. Just choose your client under “User Settings”, and you’ll see a new area appear on the home screen when you see everything your fellow employees are working on. If you have permissions to write, moderate or administer their events, you will now have the same permissions as online.

You asked for it, so we built it: you can now caption your media (images, audio or video) directly from the iPhone app as well. Describe your images with a caption to give them more context. You’ll be prompted whenever you post media.

Now you can even publish your events to multiple websites right from the creation screen in the app. If you change your mind later, you can change those settings in the “Admin” area of an event.

As well as these changes, there’s a bunch of bug fixes in this version. We’d love to hear your feedback in the comments, or via Support.

Download 1.2 (more screenshots)

ScribbleLive Mobile