Transfer Text Message to Website Display

I have a client that is hosting a meeting that will include a Question and Answer session. They want attendees to be able to submit their questions via a text message and have those messages display on a Website. The presenter will then choose which question to answer.

They would also like a way for attendees to be able to "vote" on the displayed questions to move them up in a priority list.

Does anybody know of a service that would provide that kind of capability?
Paul KonstanskiProject SpecialistAsked:
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Scott Fell, EE MVEConnect With a Mentor Developer & EE ModeratorCommented:
Transferring of text messages to a database can be done via api's such as those from twillio and others.  If you are not looking to create a custom web app, look to where you can create your own integrations and perhaps a sms service that can write to an online spreadsheet or document in real time.

As far as a complete integration with your meeting, you will probably have to look at the capabilities of the meeting software but my guess is to get exactly what you want will require some custom programming.
Paul KonstanskiProject SpecialistAuthor Commented:
I also asked this same question though a Slack Group I belong to and got some great information about:

A feature in Google Slides:

And another great tool from:

These kind of work, but I have some real specific needs so I am writing my own code that uses Twilio to allow people to text in a question without a whole lot of overhead. It then appears on a web page that refreshes every 30 seconds to post new messages on the screen. Attendees than "vote" on the posted questions to give them higher and lower priorities.

Thanks for the input.
Scott Fell, EE MVEDeveloper & EE ModeratorCommented:
> These kind of work, but I have some real specific needs so I am writing my own code that uses Twilio

I know it may take a little longer but in the end you will have a lot more control and be able to interact with your own database if needed. The thing I get sour on for using api's from Google is they tend to change and I have been burned by relying on their api's.  That's a good choice.
Paul KonstanskiProject SpecialistAuthor Commented:
Thanks. We used it yesterday for a live Q&A Session. It was untested so it was a bit gutsy, but the app worked flawlessly.  

Attendees texted their questions in to a special number we set up. As the moderator I was able to approve and move the priority order of the questions. The questions appeared on a big screen but the guest also was able to see them appear on a confidence monitor. Based on other questions that were coming in I was able to re-arrange the order of the questions. It took me about 15 hours to write all the code, but I love the potential for using this again.
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