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 →

Featured Picks from Josh Constine


Latest from Josh Constine

  • Everyone Has The Features Yahoo’s Suing Facebook For: Here They Are

    Everyone Has The Features Yahoo’s Suing Facebook For: Here They Are

    Yahoo reared its patent troll head this week, and it’s not just Facebook that has reason to be worried — at least, judging by the extremely broad features that it’s being targeted for. Yahoo could easily sue Twitter, Pinterest, Google and many other popular web services whenever it thinks it would be most lucrative since their products are also covered by Yahoo’s… Read More

  • Facebook Pages Race To Adopt Timeline, 8M Of 37M+ Upgraded In 10 Days

    Facebook Pages Race To Adopt Timeline, 8M Of 37M+ Upgraded In 10 Days

    On March 30th, Facebook will forcibly migrate all Pages onto the Timeline redesign, but Facebook tells me it only took 10 days for 8 million of the more than 37 million Pages that have been set up to opt into the change. The stats are a sign of success that show the added features are ones admins want, considering tons of Facebook Pages get set up and forgotten about. However, it will take… Read More

  • LinkedIn’s Reid Hoffman Gives Kiva $1 Million To “Empower Everyone”

    LinkedIn’s Reid Hoffman Gives Kiva $1 Million To “Empower Everyone”

    “How you build the future is you motivate people to pay attention and act, to improve their circumstances and run their own lives”, LinkedIn co-founder and philanthropist Reid Hoffman tells me. That’s why his support of microlending platform Kiva’s kiva.org/free program has a double positive impact. He put up $1 million so 40,000 people could try helping the… Read More

  • Nike, Foursquare, VEVO Launch Facebook Timeline Apps, 3000 Others Already Have

    Nike, Foursquare, VEVO Launch Facebook Timeline Apps, 3000 Others Already Have

    If your company doesn’t have a Facebook Timeline app yet, you’re late to the party. 3,000 Timeline apps have spawned since Facebook launched the platform 3 months ago, and today Foursquare, VEVO, The Onion, Fandango, BandPage, and more big companies are unveiling theirs to cash in on the free virality. Pinterest and others have already seen wild growth from the platform’s… Read More

  • Visit kiva.org/free To Microlend $1 Million Of Reid Hoffman’s Money

    Visit kiva.org/free To Microlend $1 Million Of Reid Hoffman’s Money

    Today you can help someone escape poverty by trying out microlending platform Kiva, and it won’t cost you a dime. Go to kiva.org/free where Reid Hoffman has put up $1 million of his money to let 40,000 people give $25 microloans to help those in need start farms and general stores that can support their families. The Kiva Free Trials program hopes to introduce people to the positive… Read More

  • Half A Million Musicians Now Rock Facebook With BandPage

    Half A Million Musicians Now Rock Facebook With BandPage

    BandPage, Facebook’s top app for artists trying to stream and promote their music to fans, now powers 500,000 musician Pages. Just 6 months ago that number was 250,000, showing the rapid shift in focus of bands from MySpace and standalone websites to Facebook where fan retention is better. BandPage also just announced new features that allow listeners to tell friends about favorite… Read More

  • Marvel and Aurasma Show Off New Line Of Augmented Reality Comics

    Marvel and Aurasma Show Off New Line Of Augmented Reality Comics

    Today at SXSW, Marvel announced a partnership with Autonomy’s Aurasma platform to lets users watch video trailers of books they see in stores, as well as 3D animation, recaps, and other augmented reality extras by holding their phones up to comics. That means 3D super heroes will soon be stepping out of your print books. Marvel will release free iOS and Android apps to power the… Read More

  • Facebook Mobile Is Ditching 2-Click Like Button For 1-Click Like Bar

    Facebook Mobile Is Ditching 2-Click Like Button For 1-Click Like Bar

    Facebook is slowly rolling out a mobile interface change that lets you Like or comment on posts with a single click, I discovered this week and the company has confirmed. By making it quicker to Like, Facebook will be able to gather more data to refine its feed sorting algorithm while making content consumption faster and arguably more enjoyable. Previously, you had to tap a… Read More

  • 100Proof App Shows How Getting Drunk Is Killing (Or Saving) You

    100Proof App Shows How Getting Drunk Is Killing (Or Saving) You

    6 drinks for an 160-pound, 30-year-old male? That’ll take 2 days off your lifespan. Just in time for SXSW, 100Proof is a mobile web app from healthtech startup 100Plus that calculates how your drinking shortens or even lengthens your lifespan. Cute graphics shows you how much sex or time boxing a kangaroo you’d have to spend to work off those calories. Founder Chris Hogg tells… Read More

  • Gundotra: Google+ Won’t Let 3rd-Party Apps Post Because “Your Stream Could Easily Be Overwhelmed”

    Gundotra: Google+ Won’t Let 3rd-Party Apps Post Because “Your Stream Could Easily Be Overwhelmed”

    Today at his SXSW fireside chat, head of Google+ Vic Gundotra said “I am 100% to blame” for the social network lacking an API seven months after launch. The reason? “Your stream could easily be overwhelmed” if Google allowed third-party apps to post content on users’ behalf. “I’m going to release that API when I’m confident we’re not going… Read More

  • How To Win At SXSW: Give Away Experiences, Not Grub and Booze

    How To Win At SXSW: Give Away Experiences, Not Grub and Booze

    The fundamental mistake companies make when marketing at SXSW is giving away things I can easily buy on my own. Open bars and taco giveaways only attract freeloaders. If brands want influencers to take notice, they have to provide unique experiences. From my last three SXSWs, I couldn’t tell you who provided the ice cream sandwiches or Lone Star beers. But Zynga’s warehouse… Read More

  • Why Google’s Plan To Make Maps Pay For Itself Could Backfire

    Why Google’s Plan To Make Maps Pay For Itself Could Backfire

    Google was once satisfied to have its satellite products, like Maps, drive goodwill among startups and create new exposure to their users. But now we’ve heard Google’s new plan is to make these products self-sufficient. It’s begun charging high-volume users of its Maps APIs. Companies like Foursquare and Apple are balking at the price hike and looking to strategically… Read More

  • Before SXSW Sunk Its Valuation, Loopt Location App Sells To Green Dot For $43.4 Million Cash

    Before SXSW Sunk Its Valuation, Loopt Location App Sells To Green Dot For $43.4 Million Cash

    With a new class of passive location apps on the rise, failed geo-mobile apps of the past need to cut their losses, so Loopt today announced plans to sell to banking and payment solutions company Green Dot for $43.4 million. Green Dot hopes checkin functionality can help it attain and hold on to customers by expanding from prepaid cards into a mobile wallet. And it needs Loopt’s talent… Read More

  • One Public Undercuts Facebook Marketing Industry With Free All-In-One Platform PageCentrex

    One Public Undercuts Facebook Marketing Industry With Free All-In-One Platform PageCentrex

    It used to cost a lot of money to license a solid Facebook marketing platform, but One Public thinks even small businesses should be able to afford these tools. So today with TechCrunch it launches PageCentrex, a free platform for self-serve management of Pages, ads, Insights, ecommerce, and social CRM from a single interface. For businesses with more money to spend, it offers an… Read More

  • Facebook Plucks At Twitter With Launch Of News Feed Interest Lists

    Facebook Plucks At Twitter With Launch Of News Feed Interest Lists

    Appealing to power users and Twitter loyalists, Facebook today lets users start creating and subscribing to “Interest Lists”. You can view updates from these collections of Pages and public figures in a dedicated news feed. They’ll be discoverable through suggestions of popular list and those created by friends. Rolling out over the next few weeks, Interest Lists could give… Read More

  • Major Changes In Facebook’s Amended S-1: Mobile Ads, Zynga, Yahoo Patents, Credit

    Major Changes In Facebook’s Amended S-1: Mobile Ads, Zynga, Yahoo Patents, Credit

    Facebook today filed an amended S-1 to IPO that describes new risks based on its launch of ads for mobile, Zynga’s standalone gaming platform, and a patent dispute with Yahoo. It also explained how its concentrated voting structure would impact investors, and listed additional underwriters. Here are the major revisions to the S-1 compared to the original Facebook filed at the beginning… Read More

  • Facebook Becomes Location Backbone That Lets Apps Import Checkins From Each Other

    Facebook Becomes Location Backbone That Lets Apps Import Checkins From Each Other

    Facebook has confirmed with me that its new location APIs let any third-party app import and display the checkins as well as location-tagged posts published to Facebook by other apps. This turns Facebook into a location backbone that can power serendipitous meetups and other geo-functionality no matter which apps you and your friends use. Bliss — soon you won’t have to use… Read More

  • Facebook SoLoMo-fies The Platform, Lets Apps Tag Friends and Places

    Facebook SoLoMo-fies The Platform, Lets Apps Tag Friends and Places

    Get ready for another wave of social location-based mobile apps. Facebook has just opened new APIs that allow apps on its platform to tag posts with friends and Places, read the location of your old posts, and search for specific posts by coordinates and distance parameters. Additionally, Open Graph apps can now play back video and display big photos in news feed and Timeline. By allowing apps… Read More

  • Friendsheet: The Zuck-Approved Pinterest-Style Facebook Photo Browser

    Friendsheet: The Zuck-Approved Pinterest-Style Facebook Photo Browser

    A weekend hack called Friendsheet went from 60k uniques a month to 150K in 24 hours when Facebook’s CEO Mark Zuckerberg Liked it yesterday. Friendsheet employs Facebook Connect to turn the photos from your news feed into a Pinterest-style browsing experience. Thankfully it’s hosted on Amazon S3, Friendsheet’s creator Zach Allia tells me. Otherwise the Zuck Effect caused by… Read More

  • You and This YouTube Video Can Stop A Warlord: KONY 2012

    You and This YouTube Video Can Stop A Warlord: KONY 2012

    Joseph Kony is one of world’s worst war criminals. By using the Internet to make him famous, he can be brought to justice. The Invisible Children project’s goal is to reach 20 culture makers including Mark Zuckerberg and Bill Gates and 12 policymakers including John Kerry and Mitt Romney with the message that Kony must be stopped. It’s working. Currently four of the… Read More