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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  • Facebook Messenger For Windows Desktop Chat Client Launches After Leaking

    Facebook Messenger For Windows Desktop Chat Client Launches After Leaking

    You might spend more time using Facebook if you didn’t have to leave a browser window open, so today Facebook officially launches its Messenger for Windows free downloadable desktop client. But since an early tester leaked the download link in December and Facebook responded by making it publicly available, you might already have it. The client lets you persistently chat, receive… Read More

  • Key Takeaways From The Facebook Marketing Conference

    Key Takeaways From The Facebook Marketing Conference

    Facebook has a grand scheme to make advertising on its properties less risky and less guess-work than buying ads anywhere else on the Internet. Facebook wants ads to be content, and now its Reach Generator allows advertisers to pay a fixed fee to guarantee that their content is seen by 75 percent of their fans. Of all the announcements made at the Facebook Marketing Conference on… Read More

  • How BranchOut Hit The Tipping Point and Grew From 1M to 5.5M Actives In 2 Months

    How BranchOut Hit The Tipping Point and Grew From 1M to 5.5M Actives In 2 Months

    At the start of 2012 BranchOut had just 1 million monthly active users. Then the professional networking app hired a dedicated growth team, launched a mobile web app, and hit the network effect tipping point. According to AppData, by February it had 2.7 million MAU. Now the Facebook-based BranchOut is blowing up, riding the employment needs of blue-collar workers past the 10 million… Read More

  • Giant Bing Search Box Appears On Facebook’s Logout Page

    Giant Bing Search Box Appears On Facebook’s Logout Page

    Soon when you logout of Facebook, you could be greeted with a full recreation of the Bing home page, complete with pretty photo and an active search box. Facebook has wasted no time launching the new logout page ad unit it unveiled on Wednesday. This morning TechCrunch reader and MyJobLinx co-founder Raj Singh’s Facebook logout page featured a Bing search box that when used opened a… Read More

  • Facebook Plans Major Overhaul To Preferred Developer Consultant Program

    Facebook Plans Major Overhaul To Preferred Developer Consultant Program

    At a private meeting last night in New York City, Facebook revealed to trusted partners a plan to restructure the 3-year-old Preferred Developer Consultant program around 4 areas: Page management, Ads API, Insights, and custom app development. My sources tell me Facebook will be granting approval badges in the 4 verticals, the latter two of which have never had their own distinctions. This… Read More

  • Record Exec Says Google Music Is Losing Users. But Is It Worth Saving?

    Record Exec Says Google Music Is Losing Users. But Is It Worth Saving?

    Users are tuning out of Google Music, the search engine’s foray into music cloud storage, streaming and sales. A high-ranking digital music executive told The Music Void that Google Music is losing users week after week, despite its preferred access to over 200 million Android installs,. Seems its lack of marketing, the missing Warner deal, and competition from iTunes Match and Spotify… Read More

  • How The Cult Of Zuck Will Survive Sheryl’s IPO

    How The Cult Of Zuck Will Survive Sheryl’s IPO

    A tug of war between innovation and monetization as Facebook grows could dilute The Hacker Way, says a paywalled piece from CNN Fortune. But a plan hatched since it filed its S-1 to IPO. Rather than sacrifice the user experience for revenue or vice versa, Facebook is merging the two. Content is being transformed into ads, and those ads are being blended into blank spaces and feeds where… Read More

  • Business Data Reporting In 5-10 Minutes, Not Days. Facebook Rolls Out Real-Time Insights

    Business Data Reporting In 5-10 Minutes, Not Days. Facebook Rolls Out Real-Time Insights

    Facebook has just confirmed my scoop from last week, announcing its business performance metrics tool Page Insights will start reporting data with a latency of 5-10 minutes, not two or more days. It will open new tactics for marketers such as amplifying a well-performing post’s reach with ads, or deleting one receiving negative feedback before it can trigger Unlikes or a PR crisis. Read More

  • Your Average Facebook Post Only Reaches 12% Of Your Friends

    Your Average Facebook Post Only Reaches 12% Of Your Friends

    You’re not unpopular, it’s just the nature of the news feed. Amongst all the business-related news at FMC, Facebook revealed that the average news feed story from a user profile reaches just 12% of their friends. Your actively shared links, photos, and status updates probably reach much higher than 12% of your friends, while more inane auto-generated posts about new friendships… Read More

  • Facebook Reveals Mobile News Feed Ads and Massive Logout Page Ads

    Facebook Reveals Mobile News Feed Ads and Massive Logout Page Ads

    Facebook has just unveiled that premium ads built off of Page news feed posts will now be eligible to appear on the mobile news feed and the logout page, in addition to the web news feed and web sidebar. Logout ads have enormous potential because 37 million people logout of Facebook each day 105 million per month, but there’s no other engaging content on the logout page to distract them… Read More

  • Facebook Timeline For Pages Kills Marketing Feature: Default Landing Tabs

    Facebook Timeline For Pages Kills Marketing Feature: Default Landing Tabs

    Amongst the beautiful covers and pinned posts, there’s one disadvantage of the new Facebook Timeline for Pages redesign. Pages can no longer display one of their tab applications as their default landing page that non-fans first see when they visit. This powerful marketing feature let Pages set up welcome app that teased special content like contests or coupons, but required users to… Read More

  • How To Use Facebook Timeline For Brand Pages: New Feature Details

    How To Use Facebook Timeline For Brand Pages: New Feature Details

    What does the launch of Facebook Timeline for Pages mean for your brand? Unprecedented control, an opportunity to boost engagement, but also lot of initial work. A host of new features became available this morning when Facebook gave all Pages around the globe the option to upgrade to the Timeline redesign. Here’s how they work, and how to use them to benefit your business. Read More

  • Facebook Opens Timeline To All Biz Pages, Mandatory After 30 Days Of Curation

    Facebook Opens Timeline To All Biz Pages, Mandatory After 30 Days Of Curation

    Facebook Pages around the world can now upgrade to Timeline, allowing businesses to express themselves more visually through a redesign consistent with what was pushed to user profiles this fall. Major new features include the option to pin posts to the top of the feed for one week, and receive and respond to private messages from users. Pages can also upload a big cover image and feature… Read More

  • Why Google+ Doesn’t Care If You Never Come Back

    Why Google+ Doesn’t Care If You Never Come Back

    Ad targeting. Google+ is designed to power ad targeting, and for that it only needs you to sign up once. This lets it combine the biographical information you initially enter such as age, gender, and places you’ve lived with your activity on Search, Gmail, Maps and all its other products to create an accurate identity profile. And this powers targeting of more relevant ads it can charge… Read More

  • ClassPager Lets Teachers Quiz and Remind Students Via SMS

    ClassPager Lets Teachers Quiz and Remind Students Via SMS

    Why ban phones from the classroom when you can harness them? Bootstrapped startup ClassPager today launches its Twilio-powered SMS system that lets teachers and professors efficiently send their students quizzes and reminders, and receive answers and feedback. ClassPager can re-engage bored or shy students, and show teachers who’s falling behind. The 30-second set up provides a… Read More

  • Yahoo Stabs Facebook In The Back, Says Pay For Its Patents Or Get Sued

    Yahoo Stabs Facebook In The Back, Says Pay For Its Patents Or Get Sued

    After years of positive relations, friendly blog posts, and referral traffic, Yahoo may have just been biding its time waiting to declare war on Facebook. Today it suddenly accused its former ally of infringing on 10-20 of its patents. It demands a settlement from Facebook or it says it will sue. The betrayer only warned Facebook privately once the New York Times had publicly published… Read More

  • Poppin Seals $6M Series A From Shasta and First Round To Beautify Your Bland Office

    Poppin Seals $6M Series A From Shasta and First Round To Beautify Your Bland Office

    Fugly offices kill morale and make every task a chore. But Poppin knows a happy employee is a productive one, and wants to keep yours that way with its online store full of colorful office supplies. With the ongoing talent crunch making employee retention more crucial than ever, Shasta Ventures sees a bright future in Poppin, so it’s led a new $6 million Series A in Poppin. Joined by… Read More

  • Facebook Mobile Operator Billing Opens App Economy To The Credit Card-less

    Facebook Mobile Operator Billing Opens App Economy To The Credit Card-less

    The mobile web, not the smartphone or traditional web, is Facebook’s most popular interface. Now those hundreds of millions of users, including prepaid mobile customers in emerging markets who lack credit cards, will be able to make in-app purchases and earn Facebook money thanks to its announcement of mobile operator billing for Credits virtual currency purchases. This is a big… Read More

  • Buddy Media Acquires Social Ad-Buying Tool Brighter Option To Sync Paid and Owned Marketing

    Buddy Media Acquires Social Ad-Buying Tool Brighter Option To Sync Paid and Owned Marketing

    Brands are buying more social advertising, and increasingly those ads build off of published content like Sponsored Stories and Promoted Tweets. To absorb this spend, social marketing platform Buddy Media has acquired and integrated the tech and team of Facebook ad-buying tool Brighter Option. Buddy Media started as social publishing suite, but as cheap publishing tools proliferated it needed… Read More

  • Scoop: Facebook To Speed Up Biz Analytics Tool Insights To Report In Real-Time

    Scoop: Facebook To Speed Up Biz Analytics Tool Insights To Report In Real-Time

    Facebook’s analytics tool Insights will soon begin showing Page performance data in real-time or near real-time rather than on average 48 hour delay, according to our sources. Work on preparing for the switch to real-time reporting is apparently the cause of recent atypically long delays of 4 days or more, chronicled by one-off website WhyIsFacebookInsightsNotWorking.com. Impressions… Read More