As part moving in to the new office, I decided to finally list my business on Google Maps so when people search for “Maxistentialism,” it pops up.
Unfortunately, when you try to register your business on Google, they require you to put in a phone number, and I didn’t want to do that for the following reasons:
This left me with only one option: I had to build my own robot that I could send forth to battle telemarketing robots when they called.
To build my own robot, I bought a number on Twilio ($1/mo), which I listed with Google. Now when that number gets called, my robot recites a twenty minute passage from Charles Dickens’ A Tale of Two Cities before allowing you to leave a message, which it then transcribes and emails to me.
The number is (312) 756-0182 - give it a call.
Here’s how to make your own phonebot:
http://twimlets.com/echo?Twiml=%3CResponse%3E%0A%3CPlay%3E [LINK TO YOUR AUDIO FILE HERE, MAKE SURE YOU USE ESCAPE CHARACTERS] %3C%2FPlay%3E%0A%3CRecord%20transcribe%3D%22true%22%20transcribeCallback%3D%22http%3A%2F%2Ftwimlets.com%2Fvoicemail%3FEmail%3D [YOUR EMAIL HERE, ALSO IN ESCAPE CHARACTERS] %22%2F%3E%0A%3C%2FResponse%3E&