Josh Constine

Josh Constine is a technology journalist who specializes in deep analysis of social products. He is currently an Editor-At-Large 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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  • Photo Evidence Shows Facebook Is Building Messenger For Mac

    Photo Evidence Shows Facebook Is Building Messenger For Mac

    TechCrunch has obtained photographic evidence and an eyewitness report that Facebook has built an as-yet-unreleased Facebook Messenger For Mac desktop app. The photo below shows a Facebook employee using it. Releasing an official Facebook Messenger For Mac app could make it easy for people to chat whenever they’re on their computer. Instead of getting buried in one of many web… Read More

  • Unicorns And Little Ponies Hit The Slaughterhouse As Maker Media Lays Off 17

    Unicorns And Little Ponies Hit The Slaughterhouse As Maker Media Lays Off 17

    Stables full of startups are being turned into glue, whether they’re mythical beasts, donkeys in party hats, or just baby horses. The latest forced to do layoffs is Maker Media, the champion of the do-it-yourself movement. 10 years and $10 million later, multiple sources tell me that Maker Media laid off 20% of its staff today. When asked, Maker Media confirmed to me that 17 people… Read More

  • Biz Stone “Unpivots” To Revive Q&A App Jelly

    Biz Stone “Unpivots” To Revive Q&A App Jelly

    After a year on hiatus, Biz Stone is restarting active development of the social Q&A app Jelly he originally launched in January 2014. Stone, one of Twitter’s founders, paused Jelly in November 2014 to focus on a whimsical opinion sharing app called Super. “For anyone who remembers Jelly, yes, we took a break but we’re back 100%. Silicon Valley types might call this… Read More

  • Facebook Messenger Hits 800M Users: 2016 Strategy And Predictions

    Facebook Messenger Hits 800M Users: 2016 Strategy And Predictions

    Kill SMS, spawn a chat bot platform, bring friends together offline, improve artificial intelligence, and delight people. That’s Facebook Messenger’s roadmap for 2016 now that it has 800 million monthly active users, up from 700 million in June, 600 Million in March, and 500 million last November. That makes Messenger the fastest growing app of 2015, according to Nielsen, and it… Read More

  • Instagram Goes Beyond The Feed With Everyday Spotlight Compilations

    Instagram Goes Beyond The Feed With Everyday Spotlight Compilations

    Instagram’s answer to Snapchat’s Live Stories isn’t just for holidays and big events any more. Internally, they’re known as Spotlight Compilations — vertical slideshows of the best videos related to a theme, like “Dynamic Duos – Odd Couple Animal Videos” or “Ramped Up – Rad Skateboarding Videos.” They appear in the Spotlight… Read More

  • 10 Under 10 Years Old

    10 Under 10 Years Old

    Watch a sad old man (age 25) interview the top pre-tween entrepreneurs in this hilarious video. Even though it’s a parody of the Forbes 30 Under 30, this is too real. “Even an 8-year-old could have regrets because there’s always going to be that 6-year-old inventor who speaks 7 languages” filmmaker Ankush Jindal from MasterClass tells me. Thanks for capturing everyone… Read More

  • Assist Has No App. It’s A Free Travel/Shopping Chat Bot For SMS And Facebook Messenger

    Assist Has No App. It’s A Free Travel/Shopping Chat Bot For SMS And Facebook Messenger

    You don’t care who delivers dinner or drives you home as long as it gets done fast. That’s the idea behind Assist, a chat bot that aggregates APIs to let you text to interact with GrubHub, Eat24, Postmates, Uber, Lyft, OpenTable, StubHub, and more. Just message Assist on Facebook Messenger, Slack, Telegram or even SMS and you get texted back a menu of options like “Get a… Read More

  • Snapchat Stops Selling Animated Selfie Lenses To Focus On Free Rainbow Puke And Ads

    Snapchat Stops Selling Animated Selfie Lenses To Focus On Free Rainbow Puke And Ads

    Buy your rainbow puke, heart eyes, or demon face Snapchat selfie lenses now, because then you’ll get to keep them after Snapchat shuts down its lens store this Friday. Today Snapchat announced it will no longer sell the $1 ways to animate your mug so it can focus on advertising, including sponsored lenses branded with movies or products. You’ll still be able to choose from 10… Read More

  • Facebook’s Secret Chat SDK Lets Developers Build Messenger Bots

    Facebook’s Secret Chat SDK Lets Developers Build Messenger Bots

    M won’t be the only artificial intelligence on Facebook Messenger. Facebook has given some developers access to an unannounced Chat SDK that allows them to build interactive experiences and “bots” in Messenger for shopping, booking travel, and more, sources with direct knowledge of the SDK confirm. The Chat SDK allows developers to create bots that users can send text messages… Read More

  • Twitter May Increase Tweets To 10,000 Characters, But Hide All Past 140

    Twitter May Increase Tweets To 10,000 Characters, But Hide All Past 140

    No, you’re not going to have article-length tweets overwhelming your timeline, but Twitter is looking to let you write more without leaving the service. The company is mulling a new option that would let you write up to 10,000 characters, but only show the first 140 in the timeline with a button to reveal the rest. Re/Code reports the feature might launch in late Q1. Read More

  • Show Off Your Snapchat Stories Forever On Slinger

    Show Off Your Snapchat Stories Forever On Slinger

    Ephemerality be damned. Some art deserves to live longer than 24 hours. So rather than just squirrel away your saved Snapchat Stories, you can upload them to Slinger. It’s a new app aiming to be the permanent home for vertical videos. And thanks to its Popular page and the ability to Like videos, it can help you discover content creators to follow in ways Snapchat lacks. You could write… Read More

  • Slack Promotes Former Twitter Boss April Underwood To VP Of Product

    Slack Promotes Former Twitter Boss April Underwood To VP Of Product

    Slack’s rocket ship has a new co-pilot. April Underwood, Slack’s former head of platform who just launched its App Directory and Slack Fund, has leveled up to become the startup’s VP of Product. Underwood joined Slack in June after nearly five years at Twitter where she was a Director of Product. Putting the head of platform in charge of the entire product shows… Read More

  • The Best Apps For Finding Events

    Bored? These apps will tell you what to do tonight. From concerts and art gallery openings to street festivals and wine tastings, these apps know where the action is. Read More

  • Flaming Wreckage Of Clinkle Rebuilds As A Referral Service

    Flaming Wreckage Of Clinkle Rebuilds As A Referral Service

    Clinkle imploded after employees quit en masse in May, protesting how its young CEO Lucas Duplan was mismanaging the $30 million-funded payments startup. But Duplan won’t quit. TechCrunch has attained emails showing Duplan is pivoting Clinkle away from its former ultrasound payments and loyalty debit card products. Now Clinkle is an SDK called Treats that other apps can integrate to… Read More

  • Facebook Confronts The Free Internet Neutrality Dilemma

    Facebook Confronts The Free Internet Neutrality Dilemma

    The subject of contention is Free Basics, Facebook and Internet.org‘s app that offers free data access but only to a limited section of the Internet. Free Basics is available in roughly 35 countries through Facebook’s partnerships with mobile carriers who see it as a way to persuade people to buy data plans. But Facebook’s control over the technical guidelines for what… Read More

  • I Heart You, So Please Buckle Your Uber Seatbelt

    I Heart You, So Please Buckle Your Uber Seatbelt

    Force fields aren’t real, at least not yet. Cars are dangerous. So whether you’re in an Uber, Lyft, taxi, or you’re driving yourself, buckle your seatbelt. Several friends of mine recently had their Ubers run into by other cars. Luckily, they were all wearing their seat belts and no one got seriously hurt. But if they weren’t, if they didn’t take those few… Read More

  • Extroverts Rejoice! Now Facebook Finds You Parties

    Extroverts Rejoice! Now Facebook Finds You Parties

    Facebook should tell me what to do tonight. It already knows what I like, where I live, and who I hang out with. Now it will. After accidentally becoming the most powerful force in party invitations, Facebook is jacking us into its omniscient view of the event landscape. Starting today on iOS, Facebook has a powerful new Event browsing experience. First, rather than suggesting Events on… Read More

  • Facebook Unlocks Livestream Marketing Stunts From Verified Pages

    Facebook Unlocks Livestream Marketing Stunts From Verified Pages

    Here comes real-time video marketing. Today Facebook gave all Verified Pages the ability to broadcast on its Periscope-style Live feature. Sports teams, TV shows, bands, and brands can now start a Live feed, take comments from viewers, and the video will be saved for replays after the stream finished. Facebook originally launched Live for celebrities in August, before opening it for… Read More

  • You Can Now Order Ubers (And Soon Lyfts) In Facebook Messenger To Prove You’re On Your Way

    You Can Now Order Ubers (And Soon Lyfts) In Facebook Messenger To Prove You’re On Your Way

    Facebook Messenger now lets you order “Transportation”, starting with Uber and with more services on the way. Facebook’s twist is that ordering a car via Messenger alerts those in your chat thread that you have indeed grabbed a ride…instead of you lying that you have while still in your pajamas. Read More

  • Facebook Filters Out Sadness And Adds Editing To Your Year In Review Photoset

    Facebook Filters Out Sadness And Adds Editing To Your Year In Review Photoset

    Facebook broke some hearts in 2014 when its algorithmically selected Your Year In Review photosets accidentally included depressing photos of people’s exes, blocked friends and deceased loved ones. To avoid the same bad feels, Facebook “applied a unique set of filters” to prevent these people from showing up in this year’s stylized vertical card of 10 photos. Read More

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