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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  • Hands-On With Snapchat Discover: Fun Content For Short Attention Spans

    Hands-On With Snapchat Discover: Fun Content For Short Attention Spans

    Snapchat today launched its media hub Discover. With bite-sized content blips that mix photos, videos, and text, it could become a millenial entertainment destination. And by mixing in pre-rolls and looping video interstitial advertising, Snapchat may have found how to turn storytelling into a serious business. To access Discover, users swipe left until the see a screen of buttons that open… Read More

  • Facebook Opens Registration For F8 Conference Featuring Oculus, WhatsApp, Instagram

    Facebook Opens Registration For F8 Conference Featuring Oculus, WhatsApp, Instagram

    Omnipresence seems to be the theme for Facebook’s F8 conference this year. Today, registration opened allowing developers to apply for $495 tickets, though it’s free to livestream. “One of the biggest changes about this F8 is that we’re going to include all the properties: Facebook, Oculus, Messenger, Instagram, and WhatsApp,” Facebook’s Director Of Platform… Read More

  • Oculus’ First In-House VR Film “Lost” Is Cute, Immersive, But Hardly Interactive

    Oculus’ First In-House VR Film “Lost” Is Cute, Immersive, But Hardly Interactive

    Oculus just premiered its Story Studio’s first virtual reality cinema experience “Lost” that’s designed to demonstrate the narrative potential of VR to filmmakers. The experience features a massive robotic hand traipsing around a darkened forest in search of its body. It proves that a simple, character driven story can be told in an immersive environment. Yet while… Read More

  • Facebook Censors Blasphemous Page To Comply With Turkey’s Demand, But Won’t Publish It

    Facebook Censors Blasphemous Page To Comply With Turkey’s Demand, But Won’t Publish It

    When Google and Twitter receive legal threats from countries to censor controversial content or have their services shut down locally, they often publish them on ChillingEffects.org for transparency. But today when Facebook followed Turkey’s legal order to block a Page that defamed the Prophet Muhammad from Turkish users, it kept the demand private. Rather than get banned, Mark… Read More

  • Oculus’ Pixar Exec-Led Story Studio Will Release VR Cinema Examples

    Oculus’ Pixar Exec-Led Story Studio Will Release VR Cinema Examples

    “We didn’t have an answer for how to get started in VR for cinema” says Oculus CEO Brendan Iribe. So a year ago Oculus hired Pixar veterans to form Story Studio, which will create and release VR cinema examples designed to “educate , inspire, and foster community” for filmmakers interested in VR. Later today, Story Studio will premiere its first experience… Read More

  • Filmmakers Need A Virtual Reality Editing Suite, So Visionary VR Built It

    Filmmakers Need A Virtual Reality Editing Suite, So Visionary VR Built It

    Virtual reality is as different from movies as movies are from novels. It’s hard to port one into another without losing a lot. New storytelling mediums need new creation tools, and Visionary VR is making them. But this isn’t some Final Cut clone. Visionary’s editing suite lives entirely in VR. Directors use their hands to manipulate a 3D timeline, and select camera angles… Read More

  • Justin Kan’s The Drop Is Product Hunt For Music

    Justin Kan’s The Drop Is Product Hunt For Music

    Music, music everywhere, but what song should I pick? Dance music fans have it particularly tough when it comes to discovery. Spotify’s 100% legal catalogue lacks tons of cool, unofficial remixes and mixsets, while SoundCloud’s limited curation make sorting through the jumble of sporadically released tracks a chore. If only someone would build a Digg/Reddit/Hacker News/Product Hunt… Read More

  • iHeartRadio Hits 60 Million Registered Users

    iHeartRadio Hits 60 Million Registered Users

    iHeartMedia has today announced that its iHeartRadio streaming music service has surpassed 60 million registered users. Of course, “registered users” is a vague stat. Spotify now has over 60 million monthly active users and 15 million paying customers. Pandora has over 250 million registered users and had 77 million active users as of mid-2014. These numbers are tough to… Read More

  • Ello Pretends It’s Not Over With Video And Music Launch

    Ello Pretends It’s Not Over With Video And Music Launch

    Already-forgotten, anti-Facebook social network Ello today launched the ability to share music and video clips in its feed, but that won’t matter. Here in September gone in September, Ello hoped to dethrone Facebook by … not having ads. But while hipsters had fun hating on Zuck’s creation for a few days, they all went back to it and promptly ditched Ello. Now it’s left… Read More

  • Moot Reflects On 11 Years Running 4chan, The Web’s Wild West

    Moot Reflects On 11 Years Running 4chan, The Web’s Wild West

     There was never another full-time employee through 11.5 years, over 42 billion page views, and 20 million active users. But after starting the image board where any one could post anything at just 15 years old, Moot is signing off. Signing off from the jokes, the trolls, the weird porn, and the chaos of anonymity. Today, 4chan’s founder announced that he’s prepped the servers… Read More

  • Pinterest Acquires Machine Learning Commerce Recommendation Engine Kosei

    Pinterest Acquires Machine Learning Commerce Recommendation Engine Kosei

    Facebook knows who you were. Google knows what you want now. But Pinterest yearns to know what you want next, which is “exactly” why it acquired recommendation engine startup Kosei, Pinterest’s head of engineering Michael Lopp tells me. For an undisclosed figure, Pinterest gets Kosei’s tech that understands 400 million relationships between 30 million products, and… Read More

  • Facebook Banishes Hoaxes From The News Feed

    Facebook Banishes Hoaxes From The News Feed

    “I declare all my Facebook photos are copyrighted” “Free Southwest Flights”, “Bigfoot spotted”. This is the kind of crap gullible people share on Facebook, until enough friends point out these are fake they delete them. Now the company’s getting proactive by reducing the News Feed visibility of hoaxes. Satirical content like The Onion will still fly… Read More

  • Twitter Confirms Acquisition Of India’s Missed Call Marketing Platform ZipDial

    Twitter Confirms Acquisition Of India’s Missed Call Marketing Platform ZipDial

    Last week TechCrunch reported Twitter was in final talks to acquire ZipDial for between $30 million and $40 million, and today the company announced the deal has closed. ZipDial allows people to call a special phone number for a business, hang up before they incur a charge, and then receive a phone call or SMS with information about the business. This “missed call” marketing… Read More

  • CES Drone Rodeo

    Quadcopter Cowboys Duel At The Drone Rodeo

    I found unmanned aerial adventurers out in the Nevada desert. With the old west explored, at least horizontally, the new frontier is in the sky. And just like the gold rush, there’s a new crop of pioneers hoping to make a stake and maybe get rich in the burgeoning drone business. Of course, flying drones is still widely illegal. But these men and women are fighting those laws, and… Read More

  • Every Song Evan Spiegel’s Ever Tweeted, In One Playlist

    Every Song Evan Spiegel’s Ever Tweeted, In One Playlist

    Share or subscribe with this link: Snapjams from Evan Spiegel Snapchat wants to be a music app. Leaked emails from the Sony Pictures hack and news reports indicate Snapchat’s been talking with music companies like Sony and Vevo to potentially play songs or music videos in its app. The startup already takes great care in choosing songs for its promo videos, leading me to discover… Read More

  • AfterMaster HD

    Justin Timberlake’s AfterMaster Chip Makes Any Device Sound Better

    AfterMaster is like having a team of audio experts come in and fine tune your home stereo, TV, or headphones. The new AfterMaster chip optimizes the sound quality from any device, enhancing its fullness and clarity. Essentially, it makes audio sound much richer, like you were listening to uncompressed master recordings on super high-fidelity audio equipment, even if you’re just… Read More

  • Skydio Makes Drones Smart So Pilots Can Be Dumb With $3M From Andreessen

    Skydio Makes Drones Smart So Pilots Can Be Dumb With $3M From Andreessen

    “In five years, the notion of a drone crashing will be a weird, foreign thing” says Adam Bry, co-founder of drone auto-pilot startup Skydio and founding member of Google’s Project Wing drone delivery project. Skydio connects a drone’s cameras to its flight computer so it can avoid obstacles and maneuver on its own without GPS. Today Skydio announced it’s raised… Read More

  • Zuck Defends Facebook For Operating In Countries With Free Speech Restrictions

    Zuck Defends Facebook For Operating In Countries With Free Speech Restrictions

    Terrorists tried to silence the voices of people with different opinions in the Charlie Hebdo attack, and that’s why Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg spoke out against these terrorists and not others elsewhere in the world. At a public Q&A today, Zuckerberg explained his perspective on Facebook’s quest to give people a voice, and why it’s the company’s mission, not… Read More

  • How Facebook At Work Could Shrink Faceless Enterprises

    How Facebook At Work Could Shrink Faceless Enterprises

    When you have a question at a small company, you always know who to ask. But as corporations grow, it becomes impossible to remember everyone’s names, let alone their areas of expertise, and communication channels flood with noise. Facebook At Work, the company’s new enterprise collaboration suite, could change that. Read More

  • Get Somewhere with Hovertrax

    The Hovertrax Is Like Two Dumb Little Segways For Your Feet

    If laziness was a sport, the equipment would be the Hovertrax. You step up onto the foot pads, tip your feet forward, and two motorized wheels carry you around while gyroscopes auto-balance the Hovertrax so you don’t fall off. What’s hilarious is just how casual you look riding it. You’re basically standing upright while cruising up to 8 miles at 5 miles per hour on a… Read More

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