Willow

Willow is an SMS-bot that sends you gentle, daily reminders to breathe.

It was conceived mostly by my partner Meirav, and built by me over a few days. There are plenty of apps encouraging mindfulness, but we liked the simple and low maintenance nature of text messaging.

The tech stack includes:

  • A google spreadsheet backend to input the daily reminders
  • A twilio client responsible for sending and receiving messages
  • A node + express server handling the incoming messages
  • a cron script that runs

The source code is here: https://github.com/jffng/willow-chatbot/

Join by texting “unicorn” to nine one seven – four five six – nine eight zero seven, and support the project’s costs by sending a donation.

Published by Jeff Ong

I'm a designer, programmer, and artist based in Brooklyn, New York. I work at Automattic as a design director, using code to push and scale design.

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