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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  • Halfbrick Acquires Onan Games So It Can Port Fruit Ninja Everywhere

    Halfbrick Acquires Onan Games So It Can Port Fruit Ninja Everywhere

    Australia’s Halfbrick Studios, creators of Fruit Ninja, has just acquired Spain’s Onan Games, developers of the Mandreel technology for porting games across platforms from a single C++ code base. The buy will let Halfbrick efficiently deliver its games to iOS, Android, and Facebook while making other studios pay it to do the same. By using Mandreel to quickly launch its… Read More

  • Facebook Bans Source Code Extraction In Proposed Governance Changes

    Facebook Bans Source Code Extraction In Proposed Governance Changes

    Facebook has proposed several changes to its Statement of Rights and Responsibilities and is asking the public for feedback until March 22nd. The most important changes are the prohibition of extracting source code from its downloadable software, and a clear explanation that friends can share your information through applications. The changes are necessary since Facebook released its… Read More

  • How Facebook Got Its Green Back [Sustainability Infographic]

    How Facebook Got Its Green Back [Sustainability Infographic]

    Today Facebook released an animated infographic about its ongoing journey to sustainability, explaining “2010 marked an awakening for Facebook’s sustainability efforts”. As viewers scroll past green stats like that 47% of Facebook employees commute via alternative methods, birds flutter and bikes whiz by. Designed by digital consultancy Beyond, the new graphic also… Read More

  • The One Yahoo Patent That Facebook Can’t Claim Is Too Vague To Enforce

    The One Yahoo Patent That Facebook Can’t Claim Is Too Vague To Enforce

    Most of the patents that Yahoo is suing Facebook over are for vague concepts that underly a wide variety of web services, but one is for a much more specific protocol that Facebook definitely employs: seamless communication between email and instant messaging users. If the other patents are ruled invalid for being too broad to enforce, it’s maybe this Patent 7406501 that could… Read More

  • Koding Raises $2 Million To Let Developers Program From Anywhere

    Koding Raises $2 Million To Let Developers Program From Anywhere

    Programers should spend their time crushing code, not on setting up domains and configuring editors. San Francisco startup Koding has raised a $2 million Series A from RTP Ventures and Greycroft to eradicate friction for programmers with its browser-based cloud development platform and developer community. As of today Koding lets you program remotely in a wide variety of languages… Read More

  • Kickstart Your Own SXSW: Hear It Local Lets You Crowdfund Private Concerts

    Kickstart Your Own SXSW: Hear It Local Lets You Crowdfund Private Concerts

    Looking for a band for your tech conference, wedding, or launch party? San Francisco startup Hear It Local has just launched a private concert booking and crowdfunding platform that connects you to local musicians, just in time to catch the attention of the music crowd at South By Southwest. Smaller venues can also use Hear It Local to fill their calendars with great affordable… Read More

  • Facebook Speeds Up Event Creation and Offers New Invite Suggestions

    Facebook Speeds Up Event Creation and Offers New Invite Suggestions

    Just in time for SXSW Music, Facebook has updated its Events interface. Admins can now create an event with less details, receive suggestions of who to invite and notifications when invitees confirm, and a more advanced wall lets invitees ask questions and more discretely decline invitations. The revamp could help persuade users to create an event rather than just inviting friends to a… Read More

  • 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