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Taykt lets you create a text-in word, so that anyone who texts your word to 82958 will get your message straight back to them.

Great for putting on posters, or anyplace that someone might want to act on your word there and then.

Get started at http://taykt.com/

Taykt is a UK-only service at the moment.

Thursday, 17 September 2009

Web Hooks

Taykt now has Web Hooks!

What is a Web Hook?
A Web Hook provides a way to call to other web services or applications when an event occurs.

How does this help Taykt?
In the case of Taykt, this is useful as it allows you to dynamically respond to texts as they come in. You don't need to rely on the static message provided when you created you text-in word.

How does it work?
When someone texts-in, we look to see if the matched word has Webhooks enabled. If it does we POST the message contents and an identifier to the WebHook URL. The service exposed by the URL can then use this information to dynamically create a reply.

What is the identifier?
When someone texts-in for the first time we assign their phone number an identifier which we send with every Web hook request. This allows you to customize the reply you send to people based on previous correspondence. For instance, if you were trying to provide more than 160 characters of information. You may want to provide the ability for people to text in the same word and get different content. Or if you are providing a key of some kind, you may want to give a single key per phone number. After the initial text, you may want a "Sorry, you are only allowed one key, per mobile number".

How do I get started?
To start using Web Hooks with Taykt, you'll first need to enable them. This is done on the Settings page, simply click the "Developer mode" button. Once Web Hooks are enabled you'll see another text field when creating/editing your text-in words.

More about Web Hooks:

Friday, 4 September 2009

API

Taykt now has a RESTful API to enable interaction with other services - Mashups. The initial version of the API supports creation and deletion of words and updating the message of a word.

You can find out more at api.taykt.com.