The Twilio Ruby Helper Library is a gem that allows Ruby developers to issue requests to the Twilio API and generate TwiML. Quickstart tutorials are available to help developers get started with the library.
The ol' mid-date excuse to cut things short has an upgrade from a new mashup. Escape My Date reacts to a Twitter message for help and dispatches pre-selected friends to call you. The excuse, it seems, is still up to you to figure out.
The phone isn't dead yet. And vanity toll free numbers, which use words to be memorable, are something even small businesses can now afford. And now you can search them via an API--and make money when your users reserve a number.