Last Sunday afternoon I set myself a goal. I wanted to create a brand new app service based on Twilio’s API services by the time of their UK launch party the following Wednesday. In just under 4 days Joel Larson and I came up with the concept of and built Airwaves Voices. Twilio is an API services company who are massively disrupting the telecoms industry. Through the online tools they provide, you can add voice and text messaging into your apps; or even build entire services around them. It’s these tools and incredibly flexible APIs that allowed us to build the first iteration of Airwaves Voices in such a short space of time.
Airwaves Voices is a fun little side project that will allow Radio DJs and Podcasters to have an easily accessible and cheap voicemail box for their shows. Since the early days of podcasting DJs, such as Adam Curry, have had voicemail numbers that users can call up leave messages to be played in future shows and episodes. A great idea that was, unfortunately, poorly implemented and expensive to run. Our solution is to provide every DJ and presenter with their own voicemail numbers and an easy to use online interface that allows them to download and play their messages straight from the web.
Forever wanting to challenge ourselves and build the best apps that we can, Joel and I weren’t content with simply building an online voicemail box; we decided to add a few unique and cool features. Dropbox support means that every time a new message is left on your voicemail hotline, an MP3 of the recording will automatically be sent to a folder on your Dropbox account, so you don’t have to worry about downloading files manually. We’ve also added transcription support so that any messages that are left will also be turned into readable text, to make it easier to browse and search through comments.
Although we’ve only been working on the app for just over a week we’re already getting some really positive feedback about what we’ve built. A project that initially started off as a way to learn the ins and outs of what’s possible with Twilio’s services has started to grow legs of its own and we’re inundated with requests from podcasters and radio DJs who want to give it a spin.
Today and over the next few weeks we’ll be working closely with selected testers to build out all of the functionality and make sure that our platform is rock solid. If you have any suggestions, or immediate feedback, please get in touch so we can have a further chat!