In Which I Get RickRoll'd By Telegram

By Greg Kumparak , written on April 2, 2012

From The News Desk

There I sat, staring grumpily at my monitor and tapping every key just a little too hard. The two companies I'd planned on writing about today had both decided to push their launches back at the last minute — which, while totally understandable, kind of messed with my day.

Then this arrived and made everything all better.

In what was quite certainly one of yesterday's more complicated (sophisticated?) April Fool's gags, the folks at Twilio rolled out an actual API... for telegrams. Built in the same spirit as their drop-in telephony services, the Telegram API lets any third-party developer add hand-delivered, TaskRabbit-powered telegram functionality to their applications. I was curious as to whether or not the telegrams really got sent, and the Twilio-team found the perfect way to prove it: old-timey Rick Astley, hand delivered.

And I quote:

Never Shall I Cause You Duress. Never Shall I Say Good Day. Stop. Never Shall I Say A Falsehood And Wound You. Stop.

Alas, I'm hearing the Telegram service might not be around much longer. Twilio foot the bill for any devs who actually played along with the gag and built a tool that incorporated it, but having TaskRabbits bolt around the city with telegrams in tow on your own dime isn't exactly a scalable business model.