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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  • Apple Made $22 Billion In Revenue On Developing World In 2011, Just $1.4B in 2007

    Apple Made $22 Billion In Revenue On Developing World In 2011, Just $1.4B in 2007

    CEO Tim Cook described Apple’s conquest of emerging markets today at the Goldman Sachs Technology and Internet Conference. He said “In 2007, and we didn’t launch the iPhone outside the U.S. until 2008, Apple’s revenue combined from greater China and several other parts of asia, India, Eastern Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and Latin America was $1.4 billion. Revenue… Read More

  • Shoutlet Fires Off New Trigger-Based Social Marketing Platform

    Shoutlet Fires Off New Trigger-Based Social Marketing Platform

    Here’s why social media marketing is broken: my company wants to launch a contest on our Facebook app and website and post about to all our fans and followers, post when we hit 1000 entries, and post again when the contest ends after 5000 entries. Sequencing like this was difficult because marketing team would have to monitor for those milestones to be reached, then manually rotate our… Read More

  • BitTorrent Live: Cheap, Real-Time P2P Video Streaming That Will Kill TV

    BitTorrent Live: Cheap, Real-Time P2P Video Streaming That Will Kill TV

    Television is going the way of the dinosaur, and the deadly comet is called BitTorrent Live. Today, Bram Cohen, the author of the BitTorrent peer-to-peer sharing protocol, demoed his latest creation at the SF MusicTech Summit. BitTorrent Live lets any content owner or publisher stream video to millions of people at good quality and with just a few seconds of latency…for free or cheap. Read More

  • In-App Birdchases: Play Angry Birds On Facebook For Free, But Pay To Win

    In-App Birdchases: Play Angry Birds On Facebook For Free, But Pay To Win

    Angry Birds has just launched on Facebook, and developer Rovio is trying out a different business model that flocks together with other freemium games on the social network. Rather than make you pay $1 up front for a mobile download, there’s 4 new powerups that you can buy for cheap – just $1 for 20 uses. By expanding its in-app purchases beyond the level-beating Mighty Eagle… Read More

  • Where The Ladies At? Pinterest. 2 Million Daily Facebook Users, 97% Of Fans Are Women

    Where The Ladies At? Pinterest. 2 Million Daily Facebook Users, 97% Of Fans Are Women

    OMG. Pinterest now has over 10.4 million registered users, 9 million monthly Facebook-connected users, and 2 million daily Facebook users, according to Inside Network’s AppData tracking service. With gorgeous photography, and links to shopping sites, Pinterest is becoming an obsession for flocks of women. And they’re not afraid to show it, I mean, Like it. AppData… Read More

  • Whale Hunting: Facebook Hooks 1st-Time Buyers With $5 Of Game Credits For $1

    Whale Hunting: Facebook Hooks 1st-Time Buyers With $5 Of Game Credits For $1

    Only about 5% Facebook gamers pay to play freemium games. If Facebook could up this percentage, it and its third-party app developers could make a lot more money. That’s the idea behind a new promotion Facebook announced today where those who’ve never bought Facebook Credits virtual currency before will be offered $4 in free Credits when they buy $1. This gets users to set up… Read More

  • Facebook Starts Turning Listen, Read, and Watch Stories Into Ads

    Facebook Starts Turning Listen, Read, and Watch Stories Into Ads

    When you listen, read, or watch through a Facebook Open Graph app, a few of your friends hear about through the news feed, Ticker, or Timeline. Starting this week, Facebook is allowing advertisers to pay for more exposure of listen, read, or watch stories that mention them by turning the stories into a new form of Sponsored Story social ads. Open Graph action Sponsored Stories could… Read More

  • The Google+ Platform Roadmap From Director Of Engineering David Glazer

    The Google+ Platform Roadmap From Director Of Engineering David Glazer

    It won’t stop with Google Search Plus Your World. When asked if we should expect more integrations of Google+ into Google products, G+ director of engineering David Glazer said at today’s Inside Social Apps 2012 conference, “Yes, where it’s good for the user. I think there’s more places to make people happy by showing them content they care about.” At… Read More

  • 100 Million Americans Watch Online Video Per Day, Up 43% Since 2010 -comScore

    100 Million Americans Watch Online Video Per Day, Up 43% Since 2010 -comScore

    Television is in trouble. Americans streamed 43.5 billion videos in December 2011, up 44% since December 2010, according to comScore’s 2012 US Digital Future In Focus report released today. The study also showed that 105.1 million Americans now watch videos online each day, up 43% from 73.7 million in 2010. comScore says YouTube is largely driving this, and that average minutes per… Read More

  • WTF
    Here’s What Facebook Stock Looks Like

    Here’s What Facebook Stock Looks Like

    In a few months time, here’s what the world will be fighting to get its hands on, or get rid of depending on your confidence in Facebook’s business plan. The image of a Facebook stock certificate was included in the amended S-1 Facebook filed today with the SEC. It’s sure to become coveted by Scripophiliacs, or people who collect historic stock certificates, along with… Read More

  • 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