Josh Constine

Josh Constine

Josh Constine is a technology journalist who specializes in deep analysis of social products. He is currently a Senior Writer for TechCrunch.

Previously, Constine was the Lead Writer of Inside Facebook, where he covered Facebook product changes, privacy, ads, ecommerce, games, and music technology.

Constine graduated from Stanford University in 2009 with a Master's degree in Cybersociology, examining the influence of technology on social interaction. He researched the impact of privacy controls on the socialization of children, meme popularity cycles, and what influences the click through rate of links posted to Twitter.

Constine also received a Bachelor of Arts degree with honors from Stanford University in 2007, with a concentration in Social Psychology & Interpersonal Processes.

Josh Constine is an experienced public speaker, and has done on-stage inteviews with Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, AOL CEO Tim Armstrong, Dropbox CEO Drew Houston, SoundCloud CEO Alex Ljung, and Senator Cory Booker. He's been quoted by The Wall Street Journal, CNN Money, The Atlantic, BBC World Magazine, Slate, and more, plus has been featured on television on NBC and Fox News. Constine is available for speaking gigs.

[Disclosures: Josh Constine advises a college friend's social location-sharing startup codenamed 'Signal' that is based in San Francisco. This advising role has been cleared with AOL and TechCrunch's editors. Constine's cousin Darren Lachtman is the founder of Niche, which connects social media stars to sponsorships from brands.]

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  • Sorry, A Bug Gave You More Instagram Followers And They’ll Disappear

    Sorry, A Bug Gave You More Instagram Followers And They’ll Disappear

    No, your last selfie didn’t win you hundreds or thousands of new followers. Instagram confirmed to me today that a bug has caused some users’ follower counts to increase, but that this was a bug that’s being fixed. That increase in people’s follower count will disappear once the bug is completely fixed.  Earlier today, a manager that works with big social media… Read More

  • Whistle While You Scroll, Or, How Facebook Could Conquer Music Videos

    Whistle While You Scroll, Or, How Facebook Could Conquer Music Videos

    FbMTV? Facebook is talking with record labels about paying them handsomely to share music videos to the News Feed, according to reports from Billboard and The New York Times. Normally, people go to YouTube to watch these mini music movies. But Facebook’s on a quest to conquer the video world, and it’s mounting an assault on YouTube’s most lucrative province. FaceTube A few… Read More

  • Vine Promotes Its Top Stars With New Suggested User List

    Vine Promotes Its Top Stars With New Suggested User List

    When people find a social media creator they love, they’ll keep coming back to whatever app hosts their content. Vine, the six-second looping video app owned by Twitter, has today announced an update that will let users find more of its most popular creators to follow. Previously, users could hook in their Twitter and Address Book to find their friends on the app. But with the new… Read More

  • Likes Aren’t Enough. Now Facebook Pages Need You To Add Them To “See First”

    Likes Aren’t Enough. Now Facebook Pages Need You To Add Them To “See First”

    Facebook told businesses to buy Page Likes for years, saying that’s how they could reach people through the News Feed. But over time, a natural increase in competition for space in the feed plus increased restrictions on promotional and marketing posts have eroded the reach of Pages, and subsequently some of the value of Page Likes. Now Facebook has created an echelon above Likes. A new… Read More

  • Facebook Empowers Us To Tell News Feed What We Want To See First

    Facebook Empowers Us To Tell News Feed What We Want To See First

    “We know the algorithm isn’t perfect” News Feed Product Manager Greg Marra tells me. So to make sure Facebook stays entertaining and addictive, it’s giving users more direct control over what they see by revamping News Feed Preferences. Facebook is rolling out to the U.S. a way to choose friends and Pages they want to “See First” atop the feed, after I… Read More

  • Uber Is Now Testing “Suggested Pickup Points”

    Uber Is Now Testing “Suggested Pickup Points”

    Uber is going to tell you where you should get picked up. A few days after I wrote a story recommending that Uber launch a feature called “Suggested Pickup Location”, I’ve spotted the company testing a feature called “Suggested Pickup Points” in San Francisco. [Update: Uber confirms this feature began testing yesterday, telling me “Our product team is… Read More

  • Name Your Price On Shopping App Compelation

    Name Your Price On Shopping App Compelation

    Browse products. Name your price. If the merchant accepts your bid, you automatically buy it. This is how Compelation is flipping the concept of ecommerce and giving consumers the power. Normally, a merchant sets a sale price, and a buyer simply accepts or rejects it. That’s fast, but leads to tons of missed opportunities and a fundamental lack of transparency. Compelation wants to make… Read More

  • Desperate For Ad Data, Twitter Offers Animated Balloons For Your Birthdate

    Desperate For Ad Data, Twitter Offers Animated Balloons For Your Birthdate

    Twitter’s ads would work a lot better if it knew how old you are. So in an obvious data grab, Twitter will show animated balloons on your profile when it’s your birthday if you’re willing to give it your birthdate. You can see what the balloons looks like on comedian Kevin Hart’s profile. Twitter’s minimalist sign-up flow seems to be coming back to bite it. All… Read More

  • Uber Should Tell You Where To Get Picked Up

    Uber Should Tell You Where To Get Picked Up

    One-way streets. Roads with nowhere to pull over. Forbidden U-turns. Sometimes your current location isn’t the most convenient place for Uber to pick you up. Walking 15 seconds around the corner or across the street to a better spot could cut five minutes off waiting to get picked up on or the journey. That’s why Uber, Lyft, and other car services should tell us where to get picked up. Read More

  • Snapchat Solicits Longer Content By Ditching Tap-And-Hold-To-Watch

    Snapchat Solicits Longer Content By Ditching Tap-And-Hold-To-Watch

    Snapchat wasn’t built to be a mobile television but that’s what it’s become. Having to keep your finger held down on the screen to view worked fine when people were just sending 10 second private snaps. But now amateurs and budding social media stars alike are recording multi-minute stories each day. Plus, Snapchat’s monetization depends on people staying glued to… Read More

  • Zuck Details How Artificial Intelligence Will Show You The Perfect Facebook Posts

    Zuck Details How Artificial Intelligence Will Show You The Perfect Facebook Posts

    What’s Facebook working on in its three AI labs? A way to understand exactly what you share so it can serve that content to people with matching interests. Today in a public Q&A on his Facebook Page, CEO Mark Zuckerberg gave a closer look at why Facebook is investing in AI, as well as detailing his philosophy on happiness, exercise and the future of the company. At the end of… Read More

  • Apple Music Is For People With No Clue What To Stream

    Apple Music Is For People With No Clue What To Stream

    You’re no DJ. That’s the biggest problem with streaming services. A search box connected to the history of recorded music can be discouraging. You constantly have to know what to play next. That’s why Apple was so smart to make Apple Music all about telling you what to play next. Apple is the king of making complicated technology accessible to the masses. It turned clunky… Read More

  • Surprises From The First Few Hours Of Beats 1 Radio

    Surprises From The First Few Hours Of Beats 1 Radio

    There Are Ads – Apple never mentioned this and you’d be surprised considering how rich it is, but occasionally little promotional messages like “Beats 1 is made possible by American Express” play on the air. The Music Selection Is All Over The Place – Hardcore drum’n’bass dance music is immediately followed by serene singer/songwriter crooning, followed… Read More

  • Uber’s API Affiliate Program Pays Devs $5 For Each User They Refer

    Uber’s API Affiliate Program Pays Devs $5 For Each User They Refer

    Uber wants its “Request A Ride” button in as many apps as possible, and it’s willing to pay to get there. Now developers will get $5 for every U.S.-based user they sign up for Uber through API integrations in their own apps. Map, restaurant, travel, and nightlife app developers might jump at the chance to add an extra revenue stream. Developers can sign up for the Uber… Read More

  • Facebook Fights YouTube With Big Data On What You Watch Unmuted, Full-Screen

    Facebook Fights YouTube With Big Data On What You Watch Unmuted, Full-Screen

    Facebook wants to become your favorite Internet TV by tracking what a television never could. Today it announced a News Feed algorithm change that will show you more videos similar to ones you expand to full-screen, un-mute or opt to watch in HD, even if you don’t Like, share or comment. Those same signals will tell Facebook that a video is enjoyable so the News Feed shows it to more people. Read More

  • Facebook’s Snapchatty New Photo Uploader Lets You Overlay Text And More

    Facebook’s Snapchatty New Photo Uploader Lets You Overlay Text And More

    Face it. Your photos aren’t all that interesting. But Facebook’s going to help you jazz them up with its shiny new photo uploader, which is now available for most users on iOS and is testing on Android. It lets you add overlaid text in any color, instantly preview filters that you swipe across your photos, or paste Facebook’s stickers on top. Facebook offered more… Read More

  • Facebook Fails To Improve Diversity Despite Rapid Hiring

    Facebook Fails To Improve Diversity Despite Rapid Hiring

    Facebook’s team is still dominated by white and Asian men. Diversity improved only slightly despite Facebook adding 2897 employees this year, according to its new demographic report. The 10,082-person company has only 1% more women as a share of all employees than a year ago despite a 40% increase in head count. And the company made no quantifiable progress growing its percentage… Read More

  • Marketers Will Drool Over Facebook’s New Signup Ads That Auto-Fill Your Email Or Number

    Marketers Will Drool Over Facebook’s New Signup Ads That Auto-Fill Your Email Or Number

    Businesses desperately want your email address, but it’s annoying to enter it on mobile. Cue Facebook’s latest News Feed ads. A marketer can buy an ad asking for you to sign-up for a newsletter or request a sales call, and with two-taps you can auto-fill your email address, phone number, or other info you’ve registered with Facebook. Read More

  • Matterport Raises $30M For Mobile VR

    Matterport Captures $30M To Scan Rooms Into Virtual Reality

    This $4500 camera turns the real world into the virtual one. Today, Matterport’s hardware is a hit with real estate agents. But fueled by the $30 million Series C it just raised, Matterport’s software and partnership with Google’s Project Tango could let you wave your phone around to create VR tours of anywhere you want. For example, here’s Matterport’s VR version… Read More