Josh Constine

Joshua Constine
Josh Constine is a technology journalist who specializes in deep analysis of social products. He is currently a writer for TechCrunch. Previously, Constine was the Lead Writer of Inside Facebook, where he covered Facebook product changes, privacy, the Ads API, Page management, ecommerce, virtual currency, and music technology. Prior to writing for Inside Facebook, 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. He became fascinated with social networking theory after joining Facebook as a freshman a month after the service first launched. Josh Constine has spoken at the South By Southwest Interactive and Music conferences, and has been quoted by The Wall Street Journal, CNN Money, The Atlantic, BBC World Magazine, Slate, and more. [Disclosure: Josh Constine advises a college friend's stealth social location-sharing startup codenamed 'Signal' that is based in San Francisco. This advising role has been cleared with AOL and TechCrunch's editors.] CrunchBase profile →

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  • Twitter Acquires CardSpring To Power In-Tweet Commerce And Offers

    Twitter Acquires CardSpring To Power In-Tweet Commerce And Offers

    Twitter just announced it’s acquired CardSpring to enable “in-the-moment commerce experiences.” CardSpring is an application platform that lets developers build card-linked offers electronic coupons, loyalty cards, and virtual currencies that work with credit cards and other types of payments. Twitter will keep the service open. CardSpring writes “At Twitter, we… Read More

  • Facebook Tests Buy Button To Let You Purchase Stuff Without Leaving Facebook

    Facebook Tests Buy Button To Let You Purchase Stuff Without Leaving Facebook

    Facebook is trying out letting you pay for ecommerce purchases from other businesses without leaving its site or app. For now it won’t be charging the few small and medium-sized businesses in the US to test this new Buy button on their News Feed Pages posts and ads. When I asked if Facebook would be charging businesses for the feature eventually, it said “it was not disqualifying… Read More

  • Snapchat Files Trademarks To Handle Payments

    Snapchat Files Trademarks To Handle Payments

    Snappay? Snapchat may try to monetize by processing peer-to-peer payments, money transfers, or online payments, according to two trademarks it filed earlier this week. Owned by Snapchat and filed on July 11th by an attorney at Cooley, which is known to be Snapchat’s law firm, the trademarks could keep anyone else from entering the same space under the Snapchat name. After being tipped… Read More

  • Y Combinator May Be Worth One Billion Dollars. Here’s The Math

    Y Combinator May Be Worth One Billion Dollars. Here’s The Math

    Y Combinator’s president Sam Altman dropped some big stats about his prestigious startup accelerator today. But there’s a few he left out that can be estimated based on his announcement that the combined market cap of all YC companies exceeds $30 billion. Specifically, you can use that number to approximate how much YC’s stake is worth. The ballpark answer? Around $1.05 billion. Read More

  • Metromile Launches Per-Mile Car Insurance That Could Save Californians 40%

    Metromile Launches Per-Mile Car Insurance That Could Save Californians 40%

    Plug Metromile’s free gizmo into your car and you can stop overpaying for car insurance if you’re amongst the 70% of people who drive under 10,000 miles a year. Today Metromile expands its per-mile car insurance to California following success disrupting traditional insurance in Oregon, Washington, and Illinois. It’s also revamping its free app that can tell you if something… Read More

  • Yelp Liberates Its API To Box Out Foursquare And Google

    Yelp Liberates Its API To Box Out Foursquare And Google

    Yelp wants as many inroads and reminders for its service around the web as possible, so today it upped the limit on its API for pulling nearby places, ratings, and photos from 100 calls a day to 25,000 without the need for pre-approval. By freeing up usage of its API, Yelp becomes more appealing to developers looking to help people discover local businesses, and could persuade them to use… Read More

  • TellApart Buys Freshplum To Chase You With Personalized Shopping Discounts

    TellApart Buys Freshplum To Chase You With Personalized Shopping Discounts

    Promo codes are dangerous. Rather than seducing customers, people already planning to buy will find and use them to knock a few dollars off a retailer’s profits. But Google Ventures-backed startup Freshplum lets ecommerce sites offer personalized, exclusive discounts just to visitors who look like they wouldn’t make a purchase otherwise. Today, adtech powerhouse TellApart… Read More

  • FundersClub’s New “Partnerships” Let You Start A Venture Capital Fund Or Invest In One

    FundersClub’s New “Partnerships” Let You Start A Venture Capital Fund Or Invest In One

    FundersClub democratized angel investing with its equity crowdfunding marketplace. Two years later, it wants to do the same for launching a fund or being a limited partner by licensing out its backend system for legally doing venture deals and transferring cash. Its new feature, called Partnerships, competes in some ways with AngelList’s Syndicates. Essentially it’s… Read More

  • Stream (What It Feels Like To Be At) The World Cup On Snapchat

    Stream (What It Feels Like To Be At) The World Cup On Snapchat

    You can watch the World Cup final game on ESPN or Univision, but Snapchat is transporting all its users to Brazil today through clips of people celebrating in the streets or cheering from the stadium. With this bold test of its new collaborative Our Story feature, people in Rio De Janeiro can submit snaps to Riolive2014 which are curated by Snapchat into a feed anyone around the world can… Read More

  • Instagram Direct Isn’t Dead, The Messaging Feature Has 45 Million Users

    Instagram Direct Isn’t Dead, The Messaging Feature Has 45 Million Users

    Seven months after launching Instagram Direct, 45 million of Instagram’s 200 million users are actively sending or opening Direct messages, the company tells me. This 23% monthly usage rate indicates Direct is far from stillborn. While I haven’t seen or heard of many friends using the ephemeral private sharing channel, it may be quietly gaining steam with those who use Instagram… Read More

  • Rap Genius Raises $40M, Changes Name To Genius, Launches Embeddable Annotations

    Rap Genius Raises $40M, Changes Name To Genius, Launches Embeddable Annotations

    Rap Genius made three big moves today to further its goal to annotate the world. The founders tell me it’s raised a $40 million Series B led by Dan Gilbert and joined by previous investor Andreessen Horowitz at a valuation under $1 billion. It also changed its name to Genius.com and is launching embeddable annotations so any website can hover over text and see explanations and… Read More

  • JerkTech Startups Shut Down Or Pivot. Good Riddance.

    JerkTech Startups Shut Down Or Pivot. Good Riddance.

    ReservationHop and MonkeyParking, the two startups last week called emblems of exploitative #JerkTech, have both changed their ways. ReservationHop announced Tuesday a “soft pivot” away from its site that stole and resold dinner reservations without compensating restaurant owners. Meanwhile, MonkeyParking has complied with its cease-and-desist order from San Francisco by… Read More

  • Facebook Launches “Out-App Purchase” Ads

    Facebook Launches “Out-App Purchase” Ads

    What if in-app purchases didn’t have to happen in-app? Rather than indirectly helping developers monetize with ads that drive them installs and re-engagement, Facebook today began letting them sell Facebook desktop game virtual goods straight from ads in the News Feed or sidebar. But an even more lucrative opportunity could be bringing these “out-app purchase” ads to mobile. Read More

  • Leaked Documents Show How Yelp Thinks It’s Getting Screwed By Google

    Leaked Documents Show How Yelp Thinks It’s Getting Screwed By Google

    Documents leaked to TechCrunch from inside Yelp allege that Google is manipulating its search results to favor Google+ content over Yelp content. The materials accuse Google of blatantly highlighting its own products in searches made in the US but not in Europe in order to avoid angering EU regulators who are reviewing Google anti-trust complaints. Read More

  • Duetto Raises $21M Led By Accel To Equip Hotels With Big Data Surge Pricing

    Duetto Raises $21M Led By Accel To Equip Hotels With Big Data Surge Pricing

    Hotels can double their profitability by successfully marking up rooms just 10 percent. That’s why Accel Partners is betting hotels will pay for Duetto, a price optimization SaaS that uses big data to dynamically surge or discount rates for rooms. Duetto can help hotels drop prices if no one is visiting their website, or charge more if it detects a conference in town or beautiful weather. Read More

  • The FAA Is Deciding If Planesharing Apps Are Legal

    The FAA Is Deciding If Planesharing Apps Are Legal

    The Federal Aviation Administration is formally deliberating on whether amateur pilots can use apps and websites to trade extra seats on flights they’ve planned in exchange for gas money. Amateur pilots aren’t allowed to profit from flying passengers, but several startups like Flytenow have set up private plane ridesharing sites, akin to Zimride for the sky. Now, one startup… Read More

  • 4 MusicTech Insights From Wall Street Journal Writer Taylor Swift

    4 MusicTech Insights From Wall Street Journal Writer Taylor Swift

    When millions of people point camera-phones at you while you sing, you learn a thing about music and technology. You could laugh at pop starlet Taylor Swift for her fluffy teddy bear of a column in the Wall Street Journal today, or chide the WSJ for printing it, but there are some poignant nuggets of knowledge in there. Swift (and her ghost writers) prefaces the whole discussion with some… Read More

  • Facebook Tries Being A TV Channel With New Mobile Video Player

    Facebook Tries Being A TV Channel With New Mobile Video Player

    If you watch one of a friend’s videos, Facebook will now try to get you to watch more with a new carousel of suggested videos that appears after you view one in the mobile News Feed. Reminiscent of YouTube’s Related Videos, Facebook confirms the existence of this fresh laidback experience in Facebook for iOS that I spotted over the weekend. It lets you quickly watch a series of… Read More

  • Lessig’s Mayday Hits $5M Fundraising Goal To Elect Pro-Campaign Finance Reform Politicians

    Lessig’s Mayday Hits $5M Fundraising Goal To Elect Pro-Campaign Finance Reform Politicians

    Lawrence Lessig’s Mayday.us just raised a lot of money…to help get the money out of politics by campaigning to elect five politicians who will enact campaign finance reform. This morning the Super PAC hit its $5 million grassroots fundraising goal thanks to 47,000 supporters, which will be matched by $5 million in donations from wealthy tech luminaries. Combined with the $1 million… Read More

  • Everyone Has Seen Fireworks, No One Needs Your Photos

    Everyone Has Seen Fireworks, No One Needs Your Photos

    Here’s a novel idea for watching the fireworks: use your eyes. See, the Fourth Of July is when we celebrate the birth of our nation by blowing up a small part of it. But when the urge to pull out your camera phone strikes you, instead, leave it in your pocket, throw your arm around the person next to you, and just be present in the moment. You’re never going to look at those… Read More

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