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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  • Pandora should revive Rdio as pay-for-what-you-want streaming

    Pandora should revive Rdio as pay-for-what-you-want streaming

    Music listeners are cheapskates. Few will pay Spotify or Apple $10 a month even to stream almost every song ever. Meanwhile, radio services like Pandora hardly scrape by on the meager ad rates after they pay out royalties. So if Pandora wants to resuscitate the battered corpse of Rdio it acquired for $75 million last year, it can’t just be another unlimited monthly subscription. The… Read More

  • 4chan founder Chris Poole will try to fix social at Google

    4chan founder Chris Poole will try to fix social at Google

    Google never “got” social. For all the resources thrown at it, Google+ just never quite felt human. But luckily Google just hired the guy behind 4chan — a site that epitomized the good, the bad and the ugly of humanity on the Internet. Chris Poole (screen name: MOOT) started 4chan in his bedroom at age 15. In the 12 years since, he built it into a 20 million active user… Read More

  • Ben Horowitz backs rapper Ryan Leslie’s SMS commerce startup Superphone

    Ben Horowitz backs rapper Ryan Leslie’s SMS commerce startup Superphone

    Ryan Leslie gave every fan his phone number. It’s (646) 887-6978. But instead of a million unwanted phone calls, it’s making him money and giving him deeper intelligence about his listeners than anyone in the music business. That’s why A16z’s Ben Horowitz, Betaworks, and more investors just put a $1.5 million seed round into Leslie’s startup Disruptive Multimedia. Read More

  • Facebook Messenger adds music, starting with Spotify song sharing

    Facebook Messenger adds music, starting with Spotify song sharing

    First came the Transportation hub with Uber, and now Facebook Messenger is launching “its very first music integration” with Spotify. Inside the Messenger “More” section in chat threads, all iOS and Android users will now find a Spotify option. Tap it and they’ll be shuttled into Spotify’s app where they can “Search for something to share.” Once… Read More

  • Bieber-backed Shots goes beyond selfies with links and comedy

    Life is hard enough for teens, so Shots sidestepped bullies with a selfie sharing app that doesn’t allow commenting. Now the 6.6 million monthly active user social network wants to boost kids’ spirits by refocusing around comedy. Today’s iOS and Android update lets users share any link, not just self portraits, and the most LOL-worth ones will end up in a special… Read More

  • Slack voice calling arrives on desktop

    Slack voice calling arrives on desktop

    Slack was being cheeky when yesterday it said voice chat would start testing “very, very soon”. Today the new “Calls” feature starting rolling out on Slack for desktop and on the Chrome browser. It lets you start a private Slack Call or launch a conference call in a channel that anyone can join with a click. And in keeping with Slack’s lighthearted style, once… Read More

  • Slack will soon start testing voice and video chat

    Slack will soon start testing voice and video chat

    Slack is gunning for Skype and Google Hangouts with the 2016 product roadmap it revealed today. The biggest change coming: the ability to seamlessly turn a text chat into a voice or video chat will begin testing “very soon”. This builds on Slack’s January 2015 acquisition of Screenhero, when it said these features would eventually be released. Slack Calling Is Here –… Read More

  • Facebook fights Periscope by showing Live videos higher than saved streams

    Facebook fights Periscope by showing Live videos higher than saved streams

    It doesn’t matter if it was Live if you missed it. And Facebook knows that people watch actually Live streams 3X longer than saved ones. So it’s changing the News Feed to prefer on-going broadcasts. Twitter’s big advantage with Periscope is that they’re both inherently real-time platforms. Periscopes generate notifications for all your followers there, and show up… Read More

  • Checkbook lets you email anyone a digital check and deposit it free

    Checkbook lets you email anyone a digital check and deposit it free

    If you’re sick of running out of paper checks and stamps or hassling with routing numbers to send zero-fee payments, you can bank on Checkbook. The startup today launches its digital check service where you can send anyone a check with just their email address, and they can deposit it immediately online to get their money or even print it out. What’s remarkable is that… Read More

  • Venmo Halts New Developer Access To Its API

    Venmo Halts New Developer Access To Its API

    This is not how you run a platform. Developers remember. Pull the rug out from under them once, and they’ll be reluctant to stand with you in the future. So despite having a record-setting January with $1 billion transferred in its peer-to-peer payments app, Venmo just shot itself in the foot. After six years of providing an API for developers to build experiences atop its money… Read More

  • Dragon Front Is Like VR Magic: The Gathering

    Dragon Front Is Like VR Magic: The Gathering

    Tower above your army of monsters, lean across the battlefield and make your opponent’s face explode. That’s Dragon Front, a virtual reality card game coming to Oculus Rift. While many VR games see you flailing your arms or head about, or swinging swords and shooting bows and arrows, Dragon Front is decidedly more chill. That’s not to say it’s boring. In fact… Read More

  • Apple Changed Its Site’s Code So The Word “click” Doesn’t Look Like…

    Apple Changed Its Site’s Code So The Word “click” Doesn’t Look Like…

    If you squint, you can see how the word “click” might look inappropriate. But Apple’s too prim and proper for that. So when it wanted the tagline for its new desktop operating system El Capitan to be “There’s more to love with every click”, it made a tiny, hilarious tweak to its website’s CSS code. By adding a little extra spacing between each letter… Read More

  • Facebook Officially Launches Canvas Ads That Load Full-Screen Rich Media Pages In-App

    Facebook Officially Launches Canvas Ads That Load Full-Screen Rich Media Pages In-App

    Instant Articles, meet Instant Ads. Facebook wants to give advertisers an immersive way to reach people without making them leave the social network. So today it officially launched its ad Canvas for all advertisers. When users click a Facebook News Feed ad connected to Canvas, it opens a full-screen, rich media page inside of Facebook rather than forcing users to wait for a mobile website… Read More

  • Facebook Enhances Everyone’s Like With Love, Haha, Wow, Sad, Angry Buttons

    Facebook Enhances Everyone’s Like With Love, Haha, Wow, Sad, Angry Buttons

    Humanity has been boiled down to six emotions. Today after tests in a few countries, Facebook is rolling out its augmented Like button “Reactions” to all users. This article has been boiled down to six emotions too.
    Like – Facebook designed Reactions so Liking is still as easy ever. You’ll see the Like button on every post, but now if you tap and hold on it (or hover… Read More

  • Pocket Wants You To Read Ads Later Too

    Pocket Wants You To Read Ads Later Too

    But these aren’t the crappy click-bait you see below lots of blog posts. “We’re being very choosy” Pocket founder Nate Weiner tells me. “We don’t want this to become the bottom of the barrel content.” If Pocket can convince users that these articles would be worthy of appearing in its app even if it wasn’t sponsored, it could become the home for… Read More

  • Robinhood Ditches 3-Day Wait, Fronts New Users $1000 To Buy Stocks

    Robinhood Ditches 3-Day Wait, Fronts New Users $1000 To Buy Stocks

    The most annoying part of zero-fee stock trading app Robinhood was that when you signed up, there was a 3-day delay before money you deposited appeared in your account. Luckily, today the startup is solving this by embracing a slightly higher risk of fraud with the launch of Robinhood Instant. It lets users borrow up to $1000 to trade with while their deposit clears, and immediately trade with… Read More

  • Facebook “Birthday Cam” Encourages Videos, Not Robotic Wall Posts

    Facebook “Birthday Cam” Encourages Videos, Not Robotic Wall Posts

    Birthdays on Facebook have become a dystopian chore. Typing “HBD” or just “Happy Birthday!” on a friend’s profile is basically the least human way to interact with them. So Facebook is pushing people to record more intimate greetings with its new Birthday Cam feature launching today on iOS. Read More

  • Imgur Gets Its Sheryl, Hires COO So Founder Can Nerd Out On Product

    Imgur Gets Its Sheryl, Hires COO So Founder Can Nerd Out On Product

    Imgur is Internet dude paradise. The underhyped image sharing and commenting community has 150 million active users and saw 900 billion page views in 2015. Thanks to silly GIFs, science experiments, cute cats, and crazy inside jokes, Imgur has become the #1 web destination for millenial men according to comScore. Now it’s time to turn the adoration of that army of guys into a real… Read More

  • Facebook Plans To Put Ads In Messenger

    Facebook Plans To Put Ads In Messenger

    A leaked document Facebook sent to some of its biggest advertisers reveals that Facebook will launch ads within Messenger in Q2 2016. The document, obtained by TechCrunch but kept private to protect its verified source, says businesses will be able to send ads as messages to people who previously initiated a chat thread with that company. To prepare, the document recommends that businesses… Read More

  • Facebook Lures Video Creators With Minutes Watched And 10-Second View Metrics

    Facebook Lures Video Creators With Minutes Watched And 10-Second View Metrics

    The better the videos are on Facebook, the more people will watch and the more lucrative video ads Facebook can show. So today it’s giving video makers more metrics that will teach them what works and what doesn’t. Facebook Page insights will now show the total minutes spent watching each of their videos, and the number of times people watched a video up to the 10-second mark… Read More

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