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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  • Exclusives Screw Music Fans

    Exclusives Screw Music Fans

    Listeners lose when music becomes fragmented. You might like your new on-demand streaming better than CDs, but at least you could buy them in any store. At this rate, no matter who you choose to pay $10 a month, you might not get all the music you want. As each streaming app tries to differentiate itself, they’re signing exclusivity and windowing deals so you can only hear certain songs… Read More

  • Envelop Is Building A Nightclub For Audio Nerds

    We’ve been stuck in stereo for too long. Ambisonics is the future of audio, where sound can come from any direction in a 3D space. But there are few places to listen to this type of music, and it’s even harder for artists to create it. That’s why a team of top-notch engineers are Kickstarting ‘Envelop’, an open source ambisonic music composition platform, and… Read More

  • Periscope Tries To Fix Discovery And Comment Noise

    Periscope Tries To Fix Discovery And Comment Noise

    Periscope got so big so fast that it became hard to find friends’ broadcasts, or make sense of the rapid-fire comments on popular streams. Today, Twitter’s livestream app acquisition tried to address those problems by splitting the “Watch” tab into separate “Friends” and “Global” tabs, so every live broadcast in the world doesn’t drown… Read More

  • Facebook Launches Dedicated Web Interface For Messenger

    Facebook Launches Dedicated Web Interface For Messenger

    Ever try to read a Facebook message on the web and get distracted by your News Feed and notifications? Well now Facebook has a way to let you use Messenger in peace from your web browser. Today it launched Messenger.com as a dedicated chat interface. It’s rolling out worldwide for English users, with support for more languages to come. You can still send messages from Facebook.com as… Read More

  • Twitter Ditches Discover For Descriptions Of What Trending Topics Mean

    Twitter Ditches Discover For Descriptions Of What Trending Topics Mean

    Twitter’s Trending Topics can be confusing. You might have no idea that #NYFW means New York Fashion Week. So today it’s replacing the Discover tab with an enhanced Trends section that includes brief descriptions of what each trending topic is about. For now it’s available to U.S. users in English who have Tailored Trends turned on, but Twitter is experimenting on the web… Read More

  • Genius Now Lets You Annotate Any Web Page, Not Just Rap

    Genius Now Lets You Annotate Any Web Page, Not Just Rap

    Rap Genius was just the first step to fulfilling Marc Andreessen’s Netscape dream of letting people annotate the whole Internet. Today, the lyric explanation startup tries to achieve its destiny with the launch of its new genius.it/ prefix that lets you add annotations to any web page. Just put the prefix before a URL like http://genius.it/techcrunch.com/author/josh-constine , highlight… Read More

  • Find Out Who An Email Address Belongs To With Clearbit

    Find Out Who An Email Address Belongs To With Clearbit

    Is this person important? It can be tough to tell from just an email address, but it’s a critical question for businesses vetting sales leads. Figuring it out usually meant wasting time digging yourself, or working with shady data provider. Clearbit wants to make learning who’s behind an email address or company domain name squeaky clean and super simple. With a $2 million seed… Read More

  • Uber Co-Founder’s Startup ‘Operator’ Will Get You What You Want

    Uber Co-Founder’s Startup ‘Operator’ Will Get You What You Want

    Send an instant message asking for something, and they’ll do the grunt work of placing your order and getting it delivered to you. That’s the idea for Uber co-founder Garret Camp’s new startup Operator that’s still in stealth, according to sources with direct knowledge of the app. You might have heard of a similar startup called Magic that recently blew up. But Magic… Read More

  • Snapchat Replaces “Best Friends” With Friend Emojis, Adds Low-Light Camera

    Snapchat Replaces “Best Friends” With Friend Emojis, Adds Low-Light Camera

    It was always weird that Snapchat exposed who you snapped with most in the “Best Friends” list, so today the app is ditching that for a new private way to see who you’re closest to. Only you will see these new Friend Emojis on your screen of incoming snaps.
    Here’s what Snapchat’s Friend Emojis mean: 💛- Gold Heart – You’re #1 Best Friends –… Read More

  • FacePay?

    FacePay?

    What if buying something was as easy as Liking it? You’d probably buy a lot more, and buy it through whoever made it so damn simple. Becoming that conduit for payments means more than racking up transaction fees. For the portal to purchase influences not just how you buy, but what. Today, purchases are fragmented, and so too is that influence. We buy online and offline. Cash, Credit… Read More

  • Do Something Epic With Everfest’s Festival Finder

    Do Something Epic With Everfest’s Festival Finder

    No one on their death bed says “all the things I could have owned?!” It’s “all the things I could have done?!” The world is shifting from a material culture to an experiential culture. Many of our most prized possessions like photographs and music have become digitized. We now have the Internet to find experiences, devices to capture them, and social networks to… Read More

  • Hudl Scores $72.5M From Accel To Rally Teams To Its Sports Video Coaching Tool

    Hudl Scores $72.5M From Accel To Rally Teams To Its Sports Video Coaching Tool

    You might not have heard of Hudl, but it’s how 100,000 sports teams spent $30 million last year to review game tape on mobile. Hudl never raised institutional funding since starting in 2006, but it’s quietly amassed 1 billion video clips and 3.5 million users across 40 countries. Now it’s ready to trounce its competitors with a jaw-dropping $72.5 million round of funding led… Read More

  • Facebook’s Newest App Riff Lets Friends Add Clips To Collaborative Videos

    Facebook’s Newest App Riff Lets Friends Add Clips To Collaborative Videos

    You could start the next Harlem Shake-style crowdsourced video phenomenon with Facebook’s new app Riff, out today worldwide in 15 languages on iOS and Android. Shoot a video of up to 20 seconds in Riff, and give it a title that instructs others what they should add to it like “Make A Funny Face” or “Birthday Wishes For Johnny” or “Adventures Of Mr. Read More

  • Facebook’s New Photo “Scrapbook” Lets Parents Give Kids An Official Presence

    Facebook’s New Photo “Scrapbook” Lets Parents Give Kids An Official Presence

    For the first time, children under 13 are allowed to have an official presence on Facebook. They still can’t have a profile, but their parents can now tag photos of them (or pet) to create a “Scrapbook.” This lets parents collect photos of their baby, toddler, or pre-teen in a centralized place they can share with friends or loved ones. Scrapbook will first roll out in the U.S. Read More

  • Why Jay-Z’s Music App Tidal Sounds Doomed

    Giving away music is how you get people to pay for it. That might seem crazy, but it’s true, though Jay-Z doesn’t want to listen. He just launched a music streaming service called Tidal with Beyoncé, Daft Punk, Kanye, Arcade Fire, and Rihanna as co-owners contributing exclusive content. The goal is to get artists properly paid. The problem is Tidal subscriptions costs $20… Read More

  • Facebook Helps Musicians With Subscribe Button For Any Page’s Nearby Events

    Facebook Helps Musicians With Subscribe Button For Any Page’s Nearby Events

    You don’t want to miss your favorite band’s concert in your town, even if you don’t care to see every one of their News Feed posts. To give you a hand and appeal to musicians by boosting their ticket sales, Facebook last night added an Events subscribe button to the Events section of all Pages on desktop and mobile. Once clicked, you’ll get a Facebook notification when… Read More

  • Drowning In The Live Streams

    Drowning In The Live Streams

    Phones can make us jerks. They let us ignore friends, cancel plans last-minute, and annoy those around us in public. But this month, we got a whole new way to abuse our mobile devices. Unless we can manage how we interrupt each other, it could ruin one of the most promising modern communication mediums: live streaming. Read More

  • Meerkat Strikes Back At Periscope With New Ways To Follow

    Meerkat Strikes Back At Periscope With New Ways To Follow

    With Twitter’s much more polished live-streaming app Periscope now on the market, Meerkat needs to strengthen its own social graph to keep users from straying to its new competitor. So today Meerkat for iOS was updated with recommendations of people to follow, a way to follow people from inside streams, and ways to discover streams your friends like. It’s also trying to neutralize… Read More

  • Facebook Fights Info Overload With AIs That Identify What’s In Videos And Sentences

    Facebook Fights Info Overload With AIs That Identify What’s In Videos And Sentences

    Facebook has made some breakthroughs in artificial intelligence. Today at its F8 conference, CTO Mike Schroepfer described new systems for identifying the content and context of videos and sentences. The second day of F8 included the open-sourcing of native mobile app development tool React Native, a preview of a giant new unmanned aerial vehicle for delivering Internet to remote areas… Read More

  • Crush Someone’s Dreams In Music Competition And Judging App Chosen

    Crush Someone’s Dreams In Music Competition And Judging App Chosen

    If American Idol was mobile-first, it’d be Chosen. Built by ex-CEO of Beats Music, Gracenote, and Mog David Hyman with $6.5 million in funding, Chosen launches the invite-only beta of its battle of the bands app today on iOS. But what’s special about Chosen is you don’t have to be a musician to play. The game puts you in the judge’s seat to record scathing (or… Read More

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