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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  • Digg Data Reveals What We Read But Are Too Scared or Embarrassed To Share

    Digg Data Reveals What We Read But Are Too Scared or Embarrassed To Share

    Digg’s January saw an increase in page views by 35% and was its highest traffic month since October 2010. When it dug into why, it found we’re proud to look smart, hip, or funny by sharing tech news and offbeat content, but we keep our guilty pleasure entertainment and divisive political reading to ourselves. Specifically, Digg analyzed what people read vs what they shared to… Read More

  • Confused? Facebook Suggests Help Center Answers In-Line About Your Current Page

    Confused? Facebook Suggests Help Center Answers In-Line About Your Current Page

    Facebook is complicated, but most users don’t have the patience to dig through the Help Center to find answers. But thanks to a brilliant new update Facebook is testing, they won’t have to. I just discovered that for some users, clicking “Help” in the Account drop-down atop any Facebook page now shows Help topics relevant to the page you’re viewing. Instead of… Read More

  • Facebook Redesigns Groups To Be More Timeline-y and Purposeful, Less Spammy

    Facebook Redesigns Groups To Be More Timeline-y and Purposeful, Less Spammy

    Today Facebook rolled out a limited redesign of Groups, featuring a big new Timeline-style cover image, and a prompt for users to prominently label “What should people post in this group?” See, if you’re not careful, your intimate Facebook Groups can balloon in population and stray off topic generating annoying notifications for everyone. This redesign makes Groups feel… Read More

  • Mozilla: Welcome Google and Obama, We Invented ‘Do Not Track’ A Year Ago

    Mozilla: Welcome Google and Obama, We Invented ‘Do Not Track’ A Year Ago

    Mozilla took a moment this morning to remind everyone that it invented Do Not Track in February 2011, was the first to implement it with Firefox, and that 18 percent of mobile and 7 percent of desktop Firefox users currently have it activated. Now the President and competitor Google Chrome are joining the bandwagon, but Firefox offered Do Not Track since before it was… Read More

  • Twilio Client iOS SDK Puts VoIP In Any App, Turning iPads Into Call Centers

    Twilio Client iOS SDK Puts VoIP In Any App, Turning iPads Into Call Centers

    Cheap international calls, mobile gaming with simultaneous voice chat, distributed call centers. Developers can create these and more with Twilio’s voice client iOS SDK that launches publicly today. The software development kit allows any iOS app to send and receive voice calls over 3G or Wi-Fi for a fraction of the price of traditional calling. I was actually briefed by Twilio over an… Read More

  • The Winners Of This Year’s $100,000 TechFellow Awards Are…

    The Winners Of This Year’s $100,000 TechFellow Awards Are…

    Tonight, Silicon Valley’s heroes gave competition a rest and joined together to celebrate the spirit of innovation. An all-star committee of tech moguls carefully considered your nominations of visionaries in the fields Engineering Leadership, Product Design and Marketing, General Management, and Disruptive Innovation. They chose 5 leaders per category and awarded them each a $100,000… Read More

  • #1 FB Dating App Zoosk’s New Model: Seducing Couples With Advice and Date Discounts

    #1 FB Dating App Zoosk’s New Model: Seducing Couples With Advice and Date Discounts

    Every time a dating site succeeds in making a match, it loses two users. To offset churn, Zoosk tells me that tomorrow it’s announcing a new business model that complements subscriptions with date discounts, expert relationship advice, gift ideas, holiday reminders and online scrapbooks. The products could convince users to pay even after they’ve found their sweethearts. If… Read More

  • Sociable Labs’ EverShare Adds FB Auto-Sharing And Pinterest Boards To Any Site

    Sociable Labs’ EverShare Adds FB Auto-Sharing And Pinterest Boards To Any Site

    Referral traffic is spilling out of both Pinterest and Facebook’s Open Graph frictionless sharing. With Sociable Lab’s licensable EverShare you can snatch their functionality without any serious development work and soak up some page views. EverShare lets you host your own Pinterest-style product or content boards to give your users their social curation fix. It also instantly… Read More

  • BloomReach Crunches Big Data To Deliver The Future Of SEO and SEM

    BloomReach Crunches Big Data To Deliver The Future Of SEO and SEM

    Are you ready for a revolution? Today, after 3 years of machine learning development in stealth, BloomReach reveals its big data solution for website relevance optimization. BloomReach is capable of boosting organic search traffic by a whopping 80%, and will flip the search engine optimization and marketing industries upside down. With a huge problem, a team of industry rockstars backed by… Read More

  • Why Mobile Game Devs Should Port To Mac OS -Advice From Cut The Rope’s ZeptoLab

    Why Mobile Game Devs Should Port To Mac OS -Advice From Cut The Rope’s ZeptoLab

    Last week, a Mountain Lion roared “Mac is the next big gaming platform.” Apple is bringing Game Center to Mac, it will support cross-platform iPhone vs. Mac play, and the Mac App Store will likely become more prominent. It’s time for mobile developers to decide if they’ll bring their games to Mac OS, and how they’ll port their controls and levels. Otherwise they… Read More

  • LetsListen: Turntable.FM + Video Chat = Dance Party?

    LetsListen: Turntable.FM + Video Chat = Dance Party?

    There’s a feature war brewing in the synchronous listening space. Turntable.FM-competitor LetsListen today added video chat to its music locker web app so you can listen to a song at the same time as a friend, but also chat with them via text, audio, or video. It’s a more intimate shared experience than just watching avatars dance around, but will video chat convince you to spend… Read More

  • Zynga Loses Ad Chief Manny Anekal To Mobile Monetization Startup Kiip

    Zynga Loses Ad Chief Manny Anekal To Mobile Monetization Startup Kiip

    Zynga’s Global Director of Brand Advertising Manny Anekal who led the company to a 233% increase in ad revenue this year is leaving to become COO of Kiip, which lets brands reward gamers with real world prizes. Anekal is a monetization rockstar who pioneered social game brand integrations, helping companies like McDonald’s offer FarmVille players in-game powerups. But now… Read More

  • Irrationally Paranoid? AdiOS Shows Which Apps Access Your Address Book

    Irrationally Paranoid? AdiOS Shows Which Apps Access Your Address Book

    Does Address-gate have you terrified that your mobile apps are secretly slurping up your address book? AdiOS is a free new Mac program that in seconds detects which of your iOS apps have the ability to access your phone numbers and email contacts. AdiOS doesn’t indicate if or how the apps are transmitting your address book, but you should still delete any that access it. No. That was a joke. Read More

  • Linden Lab Acquires Game Studio LittleTextPeople To Build Beyond Second Life

    Linden Lab Acquires Game Studio LittleTextPeople To Build Beyond Second Life

    Independent game studio LittleTextPeople made waves at GDC with its eponymous interactive fiction game. Now it’s been acquired by virtual world pioneer Linden Lab, who will use its team and tech to create standalone products outside of its sole game Second Life. LittleTextPeople says it brings a “simulator able to model social practices and individual personalities”. That… Read More

  • The Daily Show, 12 More News Outlets Join Facebook’s Media App Virality Bonanza

    The Daily Show, 12 More News Outlets Join Facebook’s Media App Virality Bonanza

    There’s a referral traffic goldmine on Facebook, and today 13 more news outlets are staking their claim. The Daily Show, MSNBC, Buzzfeed, and The Huffington Post are launching Facebook Open Graph reader and video watching apps today or soon, Facebook just announced. By automatically publishing stories back to the Facebook Ticker, Timeline, and News Feed, these apps will hope to score… Read More

  • Death To Feature Creep! Bump 3.0 Dumps All But Contacts and Photo Sharing

    Death To Feature Creep! Bump 3.0 Dumps All But Contacts and Photo Sharing

    more, More, MORE. STOP! Rather than cram more features into Bump 3.0, the team behind the 75 million-installs mobile app combed the data and brushed off all the features no one used. Now, instead of letting you wirelessly share apps, music, and calendar events with nearby devices, it only allows contacts and photo sharing. That’s a better user experience, and examples other developers… Read More

  • Facebook Launches Verified Accounts and Pseudonyms

    Facebook Launches Verified Accounts and Pseudonyms

    Facebook, a service built on real names and real identities, will tomorrow start allowing prominent public figures to verify their accounts and then opt to display a preferred nickname instead of their birth name. Those with verified accounts will gain more prominent placement in Facebook’s “People To Subscribe To” suggestions. Verified accounts are not a departure from… Read More

  • Flock The Vote: Twitter To Show Debate Candidates Real-Time Reactions

    Flock The Vote: Twitter To Show Debate Candidates Real-Time Reactions

    What if political candidates could see the public’s reaction to their debate answers in real-time while they’re on stage? That’s the future laid out today at Stanford University during the Future Of Media Conference by Twitter’s Director of Content and Programming Chloe Sladden. If candidates saw tweets that they were dodging a question, they might suddenly become… Read More

  • Facebook Lures Advertisers With Educational FastTrack and Start To Success

    Facebook Lures Advertisers With Educational FastTrack and Start To Success

    Interest targeting? Sponsored Stories? Advertisers need a whole new skill set to succeed in social, and Facebook must dispense this education to keep revenue growing. To smooth the learning curve, Facebook currently offers two introduction programs for first-time advertisers. FastTrack sets up brands and medium-sized business with an ads rep consultation and best practice-filled resources… Read More

  • If Investors Want More Voting Rights, They Should Have Invented Facebook

    If Investors Want More Voting Rights, They Should Have Invented Facebook

    Guess who knows what’s best for the future of Facebook? It’s certainly not public investors looking to cash in on “social” 8 years after Facebook started. That’s why those same investors should actually be happy about a warning from Institutional Shareholder Services noting that Facebook’s CEO Mark Zuckerberg will own roughly 57% of the company after the IPO. Read More