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’s Amended S-1 Exhibits Zynga Agreement Filed Last Year

    Facebook’s Amended S-1 Exhibits Zynga Agreement Filed Last Year

    Facebook has just filed an amendment to its S-1 that exhibits the agreements between it and Zynga. These 2 developer agreement documents are the same as those filed in Zynga’s own S-1 amendment from last year and don’t include significant new information. The exhibits do spell out how Facebook has promised to help Zynga with advertising on Zynga sites such as FarmVille.com, and… Read More

  • Study: iPhone Resale Value 63% After One Year, Android 46%

    Study: iPhone Resale Value 63% After One Year, Android 46%

    All smartphones do not depreciate equally. 18 months after purchase, iPhones can be sold for 53% of their original price, while Androids can only be sold for 42% and BlackBerries for 41% on average according to a study by Y Combinator second-hand price guide startup Priceonomics. The study also offered tips on memory upgrades and models for maximizing your phone’s resale value. Read More

  • Flurry: When The Super Bowl Bored Us, We Opened Apps

    Flurry: When The Super Bowl Bored Us, We Opened Apps

    During the lackluster moments of this year’s Super Bowl, we turned to our second screens. A study released by Flurry today shows that during great ads and the half-time show we kept our devices stowed, but returns from commercial breaks, boring ads, and waning interest in the 3rd quarter caused spikes in mobile app usage. This means advertisers and TV producers need to get flashier… Read More

  • Thiel, Zuck, Conway To Select $100K TechFellow Awards Winners

    Thiel, Zuck, Conway To Select $100K TechFellow Awards Winners

    The TechFellow Awards is the Oscars of high-tech entrepreneurship. As selection committee member Sean Parker puts it “We’re shining a spotlight on individuals who are on the cusp of bringing us something revolutionary.” On February 22nd at the SFMOMA, 20 innovators will be presented with $100,000 grants to invest in startups of their choice. Nominations are open… Read More

  • Pinterest Hits 10 Million U.S. Monthly Uniques Faster Than Any Standalone Site Ever -comScore

    Pinterest Hits 10 Million U.S. Monthly Uniques Faster Than Any Standalone Site Ever -comScore

    It’s beautiful, it’s addictive, and now Pinterest is having its glorious hockey stick moment. TechCrunch has attained exclusive data from comScore showing Pinterest just hit 11.7 million unique monthly U.S. visitors, crossing the 10 million mark faster than any other standalone site in history. In fact, users are spending so much time sharing their favorite images that now only… Read More

  • Ignite Takes $5 Million Series C To Build World Of Warcraft For Car Racing

    Ignite Takes $5 Million Series C To Build World Of Warcraft For Car Racing

    If you want to slay orcs and elves, there’s plenty of options, but the millions of car racing gamers out there have few places to chase the checkered flag. That’s going to change because today, Ignite Game Technologies closed a $5 million Series C round from private investors bringing it to $17.5 million in funding. It will use the cash to speed up development of its recently… Read More

  • Yelp Ads Are Not A Rip-Off, You Pay To Seal The Deal

    Yelp Ads Are Not A Rip-Off, You Pay To Seal The Deal

    Yelp built its ad business by attracting users that know what they want, just not who to buy it from — exactly when ads are most effective. That’s why I find today’s VentureBeat piece by Rocky Agrawal titled “Yelp advertising is a rip-off for small advertisers” to be ridiculous. His sources say Yelp charges a $600 CPM, or 1,000-times the standard online CPM… Read More

  • Brands Scored 2X Facebook Likes By Posting About Super Bowl

    Brands Scored 2X Facebook Likes By Posting About Super Bowl

    Want to win some extra visibility for your brand on Facebook? Post about current events. Brands grabbed 99.7% higher engagement on their Page posts by talking about the Super Bowl yesterday, and 60% higher engagement over the past 6 weeks compared to the average post. The data from a Buddy Media study of 1,400 of the world’s largest brands indicates they should make sure to post… Read More

  • Facebook Could Jumpstart HTML5 Platform With App Bookmarks On News Feed

    Facebook Could Jumpstart HTML5 Platform With App Bookmarks On News Feed

    Facebook’s late-comer HTML5 mobile app platform lags way behind the Apple App Store and Android Marketplace. Yesterday I spotted Facebook’s latest effort to catch up — a test showing bookmarks for third-party applications at the top of the mobile news feed. Currently, Facebook buries HTML5 app bookmarks at the bottom of its mobile site’s pull-out navigation menu, and… Read More

  • Watch 2012 Super Bowl Commercials Now With Facebook + USA Today’s Ad Meter

    Watch 2012 Super Bowl Commercials Now With Facebook + USA Today’s Ad Meter

    Want to watch the big budget Super Bowl commercials, but can’t wait till Sunday or don’t care about football? Facebook and USA Today have just launched Ad Meter, a Facebook app where you can watch many of the TV spots right now. Then from kickoff until Tuesday night you can vote for your favorites. Traditionally an offline poll done live with handheld meters, USA Today has… Read More

  • Apple Kicks Chart Topping Fakes Out Of App Store

    Apple Kicks Chart Topping Fakes Out Of App Store

    Temple Jump, Tiny Birds, Numbers With Friends. These are not the apps you love. They’re fakes designed to scam you out of $1.99 when you go to buy Temple Run, Tiny Wings, or Words With Friends. Today Apple took a stand against plagiarism, kicking these rip-offs out of the US App Store. Good riddance, but how can platform owners stop these developers before they rob users of thousands or… Read More

  • Facebook Tests Photo Viewer That Encourages Comments, Google+ Comparisons

    Facebook Tests Photo Viewer That Encourages Comments, Google+ Comparisons

    Facebook is testing a new photo viewer layout that mounts engagement buttons and comments to the right rather than beneath images. See, Facebook doesn’t want you to just view comments, it wants you to start a conversation. Apparently the company doesn’t care about being accused of copying Google+, since the viewer’s layout is very similar to that of its competitor. Read More

  • HuffPo Unique Visitors Up 47%, Plans Streaming Network To Kill Cable News

    HuffPo Unique Visitors Up 47%, Plans Streaming Network To Kill Cable News

    Say what you will about The Huffington Post and AOL, their merger has given HuffPo the resources to conquer the online news aggregation business. Today HuffPo dropped some big stats about the year since its acquisition, most importantly a 47% growth of monthly unique visitors to 36.2 million. Next it’s aiming to take down CNN and the cable news industry with The Huffington Post… Read More

  • IPO Be Damned, Facebook Will Still Prioritize User Experience

    IPO Be Damned, Facebook Will Still Prioritize User Experience

    For those not from Silicon Valley or Wall Street, there’s only 1 thing you really need know about Facebook’s plan to become a publicly traded company: Your Facebook won’t be suddenly overrun with ads. Facebook bluntly warns greedy investors “Our culture emphasizes rapid innovation and prioritizes user engagement over short-term financial results”, and CEO… Read More

  • Facebook’s Risk Factors: Mobile, Gov, Slowed Growth, Google+

    Facebook’s Risk Factors: Mobile, Gov, Slowed Growth, Google+

    Facebook’s $5 billion S-1 IPO filing includes a detailed assessment of business risks. These include: its lack of mobile monetization and the fact that it doesn’t own a mobile platform, government censorship and privacy scrutiny, inability to maintain its growth rate, and competition from Google+ as well as Twitter and Microsoft.
    Here’s a closer look at these risks, followed… Read More

  • Facebook’s S-1 Letter From Zuckerberg Urges Understanding Before Investment

    Facebook’s S-1 Letter From Zuckerberg Urges Understanding Before Investment

    Facebook has just filed its S-1 to IPO. Below is the letter from founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg about Facebook’s purpose, in which he explains “Facebook was not originally created to be a company. It was built to accomplish a social mission — to make the world more open and connected. We think it’s important that everyone who invests in Facebook understands what… Read More

  • Facebook’s Revenue Growth Strategy: Ad Targeting By In-App Behavior

    Facebook’s Revenue Growth Strategy: Ad Targeting By In-App Behavior

    Facebook has an answer to those wondering how it will justify its IPO price and keep revenues growing as it saturates key markets: a new behavioral ad targeting system. Facebook has been quietly rolling out the beta of “Open Graph action spec targeting” which allows advertisers to target users by what they listen to, where they travel, what they buy, and other in-app… Read More

  • Congratulations Crunchies Winners! Dropbox Is The Best Overall Startup

    Congratulations Crunchies Winners! Dropbox Is The Best Overall Startup

    This year’s fifth annual Crunchies Awards have just finished up at the classy Davies Symphony Hall in San Francisco, and it was a smashing success. We poked fun #humblebraggers, got cussed at by Siri, honored former TechCrunch CEO Heather Harde, and gave wild monkey trophies to tech’s greatest innovators. If you missed the event or our livestream, check out the full list of… Read More

  • Facebook News Feed Bug Announces “This Group Is Scheduled To Be Archived”

    Facebook News Feed Bug Announces “This Group Is Scheduled To Be Archived”

    Wait, what group? A bug has caused a significant percentage of Facebook users to see a message atop their news feed announcing “This group is scheduled to be archived”. But don’t worry, your news feed is safe. The alert shouldn’t have appeared there, and only belongs on old groups set up prior to October 2010 which Facebook is migrating to the new format used today. Read More

  • GreenCharge App Reveals Cost and Carbon Savings To Electric Car Drivers

    GreenCharge App Reveals Cost and Carbon Savings To Electric Car Drivers

    Electric car drivers deserve to see their positive impact on the environment and their wallets, but the official mobile apps for the Nissan LEAF and Chevy Volt only display remaining battery. GreenCharge is a new iOS app released today that displays your car’s remaining charge, but also its current range, the local energy price, a log of its usage, and your cost and carbon reduction… Read More