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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  • First Look At Beatport’s Free Dance Music Streaming Service

    First Look At Beatport’s Free Dance Music Streaming Service

    Beatport is where the world’s DJs buy their music, but they could only listen to two-minute samples. Now Beatport hopes that by giving away free unlimited streaming, it can drum up more sales. Today Beatport sent out private beta invites for its new dance music streaming service, and we’ve got the first look. Founded way back in 2003, Beatport’s store provides… Read More

  • A Rant About The Smartest Thing Yahoo’s Done In Years

    A Rant About The Smartest Thing Yahoo’s Done In Years

    I call it a “PlAdform Strategy”. By dangling a free development platform for building better apps, top ad sellers can lure in developers who then buy their app install ads. Facebook did it with Parse and Audience Network to create its “Build-Grow-Monetize” loop. Twitter did it with Crashlytics and MoPub to launch its Fabric development platform. Now after years of… Read More

  • Yik Yak, VC Investments Outside Tech And Scanadu's Scientific Breakthroughs

    CrunchWeek: YikYak Vs. Spam, VCs Funding Coffee, Big Steps For Science Tech

    Another week in tech has come and gone, bringing a fresh crop of stories for us to talk about on CrunchWeek, the show that brings a few TechCrunch writers together to talk about some of the most interesting news of the past seven days. This time, Sarah Buhr, Josh Constine and I gathered around the big white table to talk about Josh’s big story on YikYak’s controversial methods… Read More

  • A Year Later, $19 Billion For WhatsApp Doesn’t Sound So Crazy

    A Year Later, $19 Billion For WhatsApp Doesn’t Sound So Crazy

    Messaging is the center of mobile. Snapchat is raising at around a $20 billion valuation. And no one cares who owns apps. On February 19, 2014, we didn’t know any of these things for sure. So when Facebook announced it would pay $19 billion to acquire WhatsApp — an app most American pundits had never used — it seemed ludicrous. Zuck had to be crazy, right? Wrong. Read More

  • New Yahoo Mobile Development Suite Seduces App Makers With Analytics, Search, Ads

    New Yahoo Mobile Development Suite Seduces App Makers With Analytics, Search, Ads

    Today at Yahoo’s first mobile developer conference, the tech giant unveiled its new Yahoo Mobile Development Suite that combines Yahoo App Publishing for monetization, Search In Apps, and App Marketing with its Flurry Analytics acquisition made last year. This is Yahoo’s “ads in dev’s clothing” strategy to convince app makers to buy and host its ads. Flurry now… Read More

  • Snapchat Now Lets You Shoot Video And Play Music At The Same Time

    Snapchat Now Lets You Shoot Video And Play Music At The Same Time

    Snapchat has solved one of the most annoying problems with mobile video so you can finally record your dance parties, even if you’re the DJ. The startup been experimenting for some time with ways to better integrate music into its application. Today it’s launching a new feature that allows you to record video while playing music from your phone, rather than the music pausing. You… Read More

  • Yik Yak Systematically Downvotes Mentions Of Competitors

    Yik Yak Systematically Downvotes Mentions Of Competitors

    You can say anything on Yik Yak, as long as it’s not a competing app’s name. The anonymous app has quietly built a system that downvotes any mentions of several other apps for college kids including Fade, Sneek, and Unseen until no one can see them. By adding one downvote per minute, Yik Yak makes it look like other anonymous users dislike these posts. But tests in isolation… Read More

  • Facebook’s New Ads Automatically Show A Business’ Products That You’ll Want Most

    Facebook’s New Ads Automatically Show A Business’ Products That You’ll Want Most

    You’ve probably seen plenty of products advertised on Facebook, but today the company is announcing a new unit called product ads, with features aimed specifically at helping businesses sell their products. The big difference is that the ads are dynamically optimized, meaning that the products you see will be tailored based on your activity and interests. Basically, they adapt to… Read More

  • Facebook Patents Clever Way To Advertise Just To Important People

    Facebook Patents Clever Way To Advertise Just To Important People

    Celebrities aren’t like you and me. They’re better. Or at least Facebook thinks they’re worth more money. Convince experts and influencers to like something, and everyone will follow their lead. The question is how to identify who these special people are, and Facebook’s just patented one of the trickiest ways yet. The idea is that Facebook could watch the rate at which… Read More

  • Rise Of The Micro-Tinders

    Rise Of The Micro-Tinders

    Different strokes for different folks. But what about different apps? Tinder brought ruthless efficiency to online dating. Yet the same way people gravitate to distinct nightlife spots depending on their style, we’re seeing an explosion of niche dating apps all based on Tinder’s familiar swipes. No matter how special you are, they’ll help you find your special someone. This… Read More

  • Snapchat Tries Our Stories For Locals Only

    Snapchat Tries Our Stories For Locals Only

    Snapchat’s newest feature could turn Our Stories into hip, visual back channels by locals for locals only. The company is currently experimenting with a version of its normally public, big event Our Stories that feature Snaps from a certain location that can only be seen by people nearby. Today it’s running one called “TGIF” that only pulls in Snaps from, and shows them… Read More

  • Meeting Someone On ‘The Catch’ App Means Going Out, Not Chatting

    Meeting Someone On ‘The Catch’ App Means Going Out, Not Chatting

    You know what’s more fun than swiping right on Tinder? Actually hooking up. That’s why new dating game The Catch tries to by-pass the chat phase and get you and your prospective bae to meet up. The Catch is like a digital version of the old 60’s TV show The Dating Game. It goes like this: Women set age and location preferences, browse guys’ profiles on The Catch… Read More

  • Facebook’s App Now Makes Addictive/Annoying Little *POP* Sounds

    Facebook’s App Now Makes Addictive/Annoying Little *POP* Sounds

    *Zing* *Shring* *Bloop* No, these aren’t comic book fight sounds. They’re the new noises Facebook’s app makes as you navigate. The idea seems to be that these little tones will make browsing Facebook more fun and subtly convince you to use the app more. After discovering the sounds in the Facebook for iOS app, I asked Facebook and it confirmed the news to me, saying… Read More

  • You’re Going To Die. First, Choose Someone To Manage Your Facebook Profile

    You’re Going To Die. First, Choose Someone To Manage Your Facebook Profile

    Now you can give someone power of attorney over your digital life. Today Facebook began letting users select a “legacy contact” who can partially control their Facebook profile after they die. Legacy Contact_ChoosePreviously when you bit the dust, your friends could notify Facebook to lock your profile into a memorial page. But now if you’ve set a legacy contact, that person… Read More

  • Ranku Finds International Students The Perfect US School

    Ranku Finds International Students The Perfect US School

    America isn’t the land of opportunity unless you can get a job after college to earn a visa. That makes picking a city in which to attend a university a critical decision for international students. Some services can charge families thousands of dollars to guide them through the U.S. college selection process. Read More

  • OpenTable Fixed Reservations. MyTime Fixes Appointments For Everything Else

    OpenTable Fixed Reservations. MyTime Fixes Appointments For Everything Else

    What if you could instantly book any haircut, massage, dentist, or salon you found on Yelp without picking up the phone? Then you’d be using MyTime. This startup grew up fast. It raised $3 million led by UpFront Ventures, and grew to 75 employees serving millions of active users. Now MyTime is launching on Android, and building out its way to modernize independent local shops. Read More

  • Snapchat Cuts Off Sharing From Music Video App Mindie

    Snapchat Cuts Off Sharing From Music Video App Mindie

    Hackers have screwed Snapchat several times and now the startup is taking aggressive action to keep it from happening again. Yesterday, Snapchat cut off access from music video sharing app Mindie citing its security policy. The company confirmed the enforcement to me, and said it reset the Snapchat passwords of anyone who’d given Mindie their credentials. Unfortunately, that’s left… Read More

  • Apple, The Record Label?

    Apple, The Record Label?

    You better believe that when Apple’s streaming music service comes out later this year, it’s going to come hard. Apple’s MO is to arrive late but with superior firepower, as it did with the iPhone and will with the upcoming Apple Watch. What does that mean for its quest to steamroll Spotify, Google Play, Deezer and everyone else in streaming? I’d bet part of it will be… Read More

  • To Get Women Into Computer Science, Sheryl Sandberg Launches Lean In Mentorship Network

    To Get Women Into Computer Science, Sheryl Sandberg Launches Lean In Mentorship Network

    Only 18 percent of computer science majors are women. To help fix this “funnel problem” and balance the genders in tech, Sheryl Sandberg’s Lean In project is starting a “CS&E Chapter.” Potential and current women in computer science and engineering can join the chapter to connect with each other for advising and support. Read More

  • Twitter Blames Slow User Growth On iOS 8 Bug, But Predicts Strong Q1 2015

    Twitter Blames Slow User Growth On iOS 8 Bug, But Predicts Strong Q1 2015

    Twitter’s user count grew a measly 1.4% this quarter, down from 4.8% in Q3 2014, but CFO Anthony Noto said things are turning around. He said the rollout of iOS 8 cost Twitter 4 million monthly active users, and cited seasonality, saying Q4 is historically slow for the company. Specifically, a bug in Twitter’s iOS 8 integration led Twitter to lose 1 million of its own users and iOS… Read More

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