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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  • Kiip Lets Any App Reward You With Real-Life Prizes

    Kiip Lets Any App Reward You With Real-Life Prizes

    What if you won prizes for getting Likes on Instagram, listening to songs on Pandora, or making Highlight connections around town? Today Kiip expands its real-world rewards platform to allow giveaways in any type of app, not just games. Since Kiip-client brands pay developers to promote through them, today’s launch will give lots of devs a new way to monetize without traditional… Read More

  • Facebook Buys 750 IBM Patents To Defend Against Yahoo

    Facebook Buys 750 IBM Patents To Defend Against Yahoo

    Facebook has just bought some troll repellant in the form of 750 patents for networking, software, and other technologies from IBM according to Bloomberg. If Yahoo relies any of those technologies, Facebook could use the patents to counteract Yahoo’s patent infringement lawsuit against it. The purchase means Facebook may be in less danger for now, but it doesn’t stop Yahoo… Read More

  • Facebook Photos Now Viewable In Fullscreen, Higher Resolution

    Facebook Photos Now Viewable In Fullscreen, Higher Resolution

    Starting today Facebook is allowing Chrome and Firefox users to ditch the black background and comments sidebar that surround photos and view them fullscreen by clicking an expansion arrow in the top right. It also now automatically shows photos at maximum resolution, which is the 2048 x 2048 pixel max upload size, and can be up to 4X bigger on large displays. Facebook has improved the sRGB… Read More

  • Warner Music, Def Jam Record Labels Among Spotify’s 12 New Apps

    Warner Music, Def Jam Record Labels Among Spotify’s 12 New Apps

    The record labels are in bed with Spotify, and now they’ll be in its app tray too. Tomorrow morning Spotify launches its second round of apps — 12 new ones from labels like Warner Music Group, Def Jam, and indie favorite Matador. There’s also more ways to discover and rate songs with apps like TweetVine that charts popular songs from Twitter, and Filtr that generates… Read More

  • Quiet Down Facebook Friends You Don’t Care About With Acquaintance List Suggestions Box

    Quiet Down Facebook Friends You Don’t Care About With Acquaintance List Suggestions Box

    Facebook doesn’t want noisy friends you never interact with cluttering your news feed. To help solve this, today it introduced an Aquaintance List suggestions manager that lets you quickly add multiple friends you don’t interact with to your Acquaintance List. Those added appear less frequently in your news feed. The term “Facebook friend” has swelled beyond… Read More

  • Draw Something Sucks, But Here’s Why Zynga Was Smart To Buy and Not Clone It

    Draw Something Sucks, But Here’s Why Zynga Was Smart To Buy and Not Clone It

    In Draw Something, you do not win or lose, you don’t level up over time, and you won’t keep making in-app purchases. But Zynga needs more mobile talent and it could tweak the game into a viral, money-making powerhouse, so it was still smart to acquire the game and its developer OMGPOP. Riding the novelty of Pictionary from mobile, OMGPOP has scored over 30 million downloads, and… Read More

  • Klout and PeerIndex Don’t Measure Influence. Brian Solis Explains What They Actually Do

    Klout and PeerIndex Don’t Measure Influence. Brian Solis Explains What They Actually Do

    Whether you like it not, Klout, Kred, PeerIndex, and Radian6 are measuring your social capital — not your influence but your potential for it. Altimeter Group’s principal analyst Brian Solis today releases a free report that explains why influence is largely misunderstood, and breaks down what 14 of the top measurement services are really good for. It eradicates consumer myths… Read More

  • Wildfire Is Huge: First Stats In Years Reveal Social Marketer’s 300 Employees, 13K Customers

    Wildfire Is Huge: First Stats In Years Reveal Social Marketer’s 300 Employees, 13K Customers

    Through the hard-fought battle to represent the world’s brands, social marketing platform Wildfire has stayed quiet. But today, it revealed to TechCrunch that it has 13,000 paying customers, more than any company in the space, and has grown from 7 to 300 employees since the start of 2010, making it as big as industry giant Buddy Media. It’s now ranked in the top 1% on the Glass… Read More

  • The Top Tech News (and Parties) From SXSW Music

    The Top Tech News (and Parties) From SXSW Music

    As tech enthusiasts and entrepreneurs nursed their hangovers and headed home after SXSW Interactive, there were still newsworthy launches, panels, and campaigns going on at SXSW Music. MOG hinted at its future revenue streams, Sean Parker predicted the fall of iTunes, and products launched from Rap Genius, Monstro, and others. The second half of SXSW is much more about concerts than… Read More

  • GoldSpot Shows You Mobile Video Ads If You’re On Wi-Fi Via New Bandwidth-Aware Ad Tech

    GoldSpot Shows You Mobile Video Ads If You’re On Wi-Fi Via New Bandwidth-Aware Ad Tech

    Exclusive: Goldspot Media has just unveiled its new “bandwidth-based ads”, a licensable technology that lets advertisers deliver a single mobile ad unit that appears as a simple rotating banner to viewers on 3G or mobile data, but as an auto-playing partial screen overlay video to viewers on wi-fi. Debuted on a new Zyrtec pharmecuetical campaign,  you can compare the formats… Read More

  • Facebook To Court Minority Biz Groups With New Head Of Community Engagement

    Facebook To Court Minority Biz Groups With New Head Of Community Engagement

    To work with Congress and encourage minority-owned small businesses to use its marketing products, I’ve learned Facebook has just created a new Head of Community Engagement role to be filled by Susan Gonzales. Until now, Gonzales was a full-time consultant in Facebook’s DC office where she’s led external affairs since August. Before that she was the VP of Comcast’s… Read More

  • 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