27Nov

iamsaintnick.com Powered By Twilio

By Chris in Launched

iamsaintnick

I got a great email today from Andres Krogh giving us a heads up about his new site called iamsaintnick.com which allows relatives to find out what their loved ones want for Christmas.

His elevator pitch goes as follows: “Folks can go to the site, punch in a phone number, and have Santa go call that person to covertly get gift ideas.  The call happens live on the site, and the call is recorded for the user to hear after the Santa recon is complete.”

Iamsaintnick was developed by Matt Steckler, a developer who recently lost his job at a tech startup two months ago, and designed by Andres Krogh. The telephony is powered by Twilio which was launched a only a few days ago see our review here.

What is truly impressive is that a few days after the launch of Twilio, Matt and Andres designed, spec’d, and built iamsaintnick from the ground up in the 4 days since their public launch…Well done guys :)

The only issue we could find was that they don’t yet announce that the call is recorded, which is a requirement in some States, and is especially important when dealing with children. But it sounds like this will be added soon. Edit: There is now a mention at the beginning of the phone call that says “this call is being recorded” to try and make it extra clear.

Check it out at iamsaintnick.com, its a great little seasonal project which has lots of potential (voice recognition product suggestions maybe?) which should give you some ideas of how you can leverage the recently launched Twilio in your own applications.

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7 Responses to “iamsaintnick.com Powered By Twilio”

  • Matt Steckler:
    November 27th, 2008
    4:34 pm

    Thanks for the review!

    We do note at the beginning of the call, that it is being recorded. Note, we will never sell your info, or add you to a call list. Read the TOS and COPPA literature on the site if you have any questions.

  • Rafiq:
    November 29th, 2008
    3:33 am

    This is really cool. New and innovative idea and the project is unique. I also have to take this opportunity to congratulate Matt Steckler who took layoff as a opportunity rather than a setback. Good luck guys and let more ideas flow in.

  • Jeff:
    November 30th, 2008
    1:44 am

    This service sucks! You have no way for people to remove their number from your stupid service. I have gotten 10 calls on my cell, 10 on my wife’s phone and 10 on my home phone. I never authorized anyone to call my cell are you going to pay my air time??? The dumb ass that thought this idea up needs to get his ass kicked.

  • Matt:
    November 30th, 2008
    4:10 pm

    Jeff,

    We appologize that the system has been abused. It has been very rare, and we are doing everything possible to prevent abuse.

    You can always email [email protected] or visit the site, we have released a simple “Add me to your do not call list” to the footer of our front page so you can add your number to our blacklist.

  • Ron Lee:
    December 1st, 2008
    4:27 am

    Great Service….ALSO CHECK THIS NEW SITE OUT…It’s on the move. It’s built on a started set-up but the concept is VERY COOL…
    http://www.ASocialthing.com

  • Ashley:
    December 2nd, 2008
    2:22 am

    I love this site and I’ve told all my friends and loved ones about it. Great idea and everyone I’ve talked to loves it. With regards to the comment above, I’ve had multiple friends call the service and none of us have encountred this problem. SOunds like someone is a bit if a grinch!

  • Rob P.:
    December 16th, 2008
    2:57 pm

    Hi Chris, Hi Andres, way to go guys on both your sites! Small world, I didn’t realize you knew each other. : – )

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