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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  • Oculus Co-Founder Nate Mitchell Will Give Disrupt NY The Real Deal On Virtual Reality

    Oculus Co-Founder Nate Mitchell Will Give Disrupt NY The Real Deal On Virtual Reality

    Oculus is getting ready to launch its consumer Rift virtual reality headset so at TechCrunch Disrupt NY I’ll be sitting down with the man who made it. Nate Mitchell is the co-founder and VP of Product at Oculus. While visionary Palmer Luckey and CEO Brendan Iribe get a lot of attention, its Mitchell who’s in charge of engineering, product, its Story Studio content team, and making… Read More

  • Instagram Cuts Off Hot GIF App Phhhoto From Its Social Graph

    Instagram Cuts Off Hot GIF App Phhhoto From Its Social Graph

    “Removed instagram friend-finding cause they blocked us! #nochill” This note in hip GIF app Phhhoto‘s latest release notes was how it announced its users can no longer easily follow their Instagram friends. Instagram confirmed to me that it has blocked Phhhoto’s Find Friends access, but it has a policy of not discussing platform enforcement issues regarding… Read More

  • Facebook Gets Vice, The Onion, And More To Make “Anthology” Viral Videos For Advertisers

    Facebook Gets Vice, The Onion, And More To Make “Anthology” Viral Videos For Advertisers

    Facebook announced a new video ad program today called Anthology, with the stated goal of creating better Facebook video ads by teaming up advertisers and publishers. Here’s how the company described the program in a blog post: Read More

  • First Look At Uber’s Co-Founder’s Shopping Concierge “Operator”

    First Look At Uber’s Co-Founder’s Shopping Concierge “Operator”

    Operator wants to “unlock the 90% of commerce that’s not on the Internet”, CEO Robin Chan tells me. After two years in stealth, Chan was finally willing to give TechCrunch a peek at his startup, which he sees as the convergence of the biggest themes in tech: mobile, messaging, and the on-demand economy. Operator calls itself a “Request Network”. It’s an… Read More

  • Facebook Messenger Accounts For 10% of Global Mobile VoIP

    Facebook Messenger Accounts For 10% of Global Mobile VoIP

    Facebook Messenger wants to replace the telephone, not just SMS, and it’s on its way. Messenger now makes up 10% of global mobile Voice Over IP calls, CEO Mark Zuckerberg said during today’s Q1 2015 earnings call. And Zuckerberg said that because mobile VOIP can actually provide higher audio quality for calls than traditional phone calls, he expects that growth “is going… Read More

  • Facebook Has Mixed Q1 Earnings With Miss On $3.54B Revenue, Beat On $0.42 EPS, User Growth Up To Hit 1.44B

    Facebook Has Mixed Q1 Earnings With Miss On $3.54B Revenue, Beat On $0.42 EPS, User Growth Up To Hit 1.44B

    Facebook failed to beat earnings estimates in Q1 2015, coming in with mixed results after 10 straight quarters of beating them. Its revenue of $3.54 billion fell short of its $3.56 billion estimate, though it exceeded the 40 cents EPS estimate with 42 cents. In the release, Facebook blames fluctuating foreign exchange figures, including the weakening euro versus the dollar, for the missed… Read More

  • “Hello” Is Facebook’s New Android-Only Social Caller ID App

    “Hello” Is Facebook’s New Android-Only Social Caller ID App

    Say goodbye to calls from unknown numbers. Facebook’s newest app Hello instantly matches phone numbers of incoming and outgoing calls to Facebook profiles to show you info about who you’re talking to, block calls from commonly blocked numbers, and search for businesses to call. Today, Hello is rolling out for public testing in the US, Brazil, and Nigeria, but the catch is that… Read More

  • Facebook News Feed Reprioritizes Your Real Friends Above Pages

    Facebook News Feed Reprioritizes Your Real Friends Above Pages

    No one likes brands more than their friends, and there are plenty of ways to get their marketing updates. Facebook’s unique value is keeping you up to date on your real-life friends. So to “get this balance right” Facebook today announced it’s reconfiguring News Feed to show content from close friends higher up, which may push posts from business Pages further down. A… Read More

  • Stop Calling. Schedule Local Biz Appointments With MyTime, Which Just Scored $9.25M

    Stop Calling. Schedule Local Biz Appointments With MyTime, Which Just Scored $9.25M

    “I don’t know anyone who likes calling businesses. It’s not fast or convenient, and it definitely doesn’t feel like the future.” Mark Zuckerberg may as well have been explaining the need for MyTime when he said that last month about Messenger’s upcoming business chat feature. But while Facebook’s just getting started, MyTime’s been working on its… Read More

  • Snapchat Is Paying Ex-Apple Exec Scott Forstall 0.11% To Be An Advisor

    Snapchat Is Paying Ex-Apple Exec Scott Forstall 0.11% To Be An Advisor

    A leaked email from the Sony Pictures hack indicates Snapchat set aside .11% of its stock for former Apple head of iOS Scott Forstall to be an advisor. Michael Lynton, Sony Pictures’ CEO, is a Snapchat board member, so when his email was stolen by hackers protesting the release of The Interview, sensitive Snapchat information came to light. WikiLeaks recently made those emails easier… Read More

  • Instagram Reinforces Ban On Nudity And Sharing Other People’s Photos

    Instagram Reinforces Ban On Nudity And Sharing Other People’s Photos

    “1. Post your own photos and videos. 2. Keep your clothes on.” These and the rest of Instagram’s rules aren’t changing, but they’re being clarified in an update to its Community Guidelines today. The question will be how far Instagram goes to enforce its ban on sharing what you don’t own the rights to, given that’s some of its most popular content. Read More

  • Airware Launches Its Commercial Drone Operating System

    Airware Launches Its Commercial Drone Operating System

    Drones could save businesses big money by doing dull, dirty, and dangerous jobs much better than humans or helicopters. The problem is that drones can be difficult to program and pilot. Airware is out to change that with today’s launch of its Aerial Information Platform. Commercial businesses can now license Airware’s Flight Core autopilot technology, Ground Control Station for… Read More

  • Twitter Is Pushing Celebrities And Publishers To Stop Using Meerkat

    Twitter Is Pushing Celebrities And Publishers To Stop Using Meerkat

    Twitter is doing whatever it can to help its live video streaming acquisition Periscope beat independent competitor Meerkat. Multiple sources tell TechCrunch that Twitter has been contacting celebrities who use Meerkat, trying to convince them Meerkat is dying and that they should use Periscope instead. Sources also say Twitter has been in touch with media companies that use Meerkat, going… Read More

  • Snapchat Goes Hard At Coachella With New Dynamic Filters

    Snapchat Goes Hard At Coachella With New Dynamic Filters

    Snapchat wants to usurp Instagram as they way to share Coachella Music Festival adventure. So today it revealed a new style of Geofilters that change throughout the day to tell friends what they’re looking at. Rather than just a generic “Coachella” illustration that can be overlaid on photos or videos all day, Snapchat has different ones for each Coachella band that are… Read More

  • 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

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