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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  • Why Google’s Plan To Make Maps Pay For Itself Could Backfire

    Why Google’s Plan To Make Maps Pay For Itself Could Backfire

    Google was once satisfied to have its satellite products, like Maps, drive goodwill among startups and create new exposure to their users. But now we’ve heard Google’s new plan is to make these products self-sufficient. It’s begun charging high-volume users of its Maps APIs. Companies like Foursquare and Apple are balking at the price hike and looking to strategically… Read More

  • Before SXSW Sunk Its Valuation, Loopt Location App Sells To Green Dot For $43.4 Million Cash

    Before SXSW Sunk Its Valuation, Loopt Location App Sells To Green Dot For $43.4 Million Cash

    With a new class of passive location apps on the rise, failed geo-mobile apps of the past need to cut their losses, so Loopt today announced plans to sell to banking and payment solutions company Green Dot for $43.4 million. Green Dot hopes checkin functionality can help it attain and hold on to customers by expanding from prepaid cards into a mobile wallet. And it needs Loopt’s talent… Read More

  • One Public Undercuts Facebook Marketing Industry With Free All-In-One Platform PageCentrex

    One Public Undercuts Facebook Marketing Industry With Free All-In-One Platform PageCentrex

    It used to cost a lot of money to license a solid Facebook marketing platform, but One Public thinks even small businesses should be able to afford these tools. So today with TechCrunch it launches PageCentrex, a free platform for self-serve management of Pages, ads, Insights, ecommerce, and social CRM from a single interface. For businesses with more money to spend, it offers an… Read More

  • Facebook Plucks At Twitter With Launch Of News Feed Interest Lists

    Facebook Plucks At Twitter With Launch Of News Feed Interest Lists

    Appealing to power users and Twitter loyalists, Facebook today lets users start creating and subscribing to “Interest Lists”. You can view updates from these collections of Pages and public figures in a dedicated news feed. They’ll be discoverable through suggestions of popular list and those created by friends. Rolling out over the next few weeks, Interest Lists could give… Read More

  • Major Changes In Facebook’s Amended S-1: Mobile Ads, Zynga, Yahoo Patents, Credit

    Major Changes In Facebook’s Amended S-1: Mobile Ads, Zynga, Yahoo Patents, Credit

    Facebook today filed an amended S-1 to IPO that describes new risks based on its launch of ads for mobile, Zynga’s standalone gaming platform, and a patent dispute with Yahoo. It also explained how its concentrated voting structure would impact investors, and listed additional underwriters. Here are the major revisions to the S-1 compared to the original Facebook filed at the beginning… Read More

  • Facebook Becomes Location Backbone That Lets Apps Import Checkins From Each Other

    Facebook Becomes Location Backbone That Lets Apps Import Checkins From Each Other

    Facebook has confirmed with me that its new location APIs let any third-party app import and display the checkins as well as location-tagged posts published to Facebook by other apps. This turns Facebook into a location backbone that can power serendipitous meetups and other geo-functionality no matter which apps you and your friends use. Bliss — soon you won’t have to use… Read More

  • Facebook SoLoMo-fies The Platform, Lets Apps Tag Friends and Places

    Facebook SoLoMo-fies The Platform, Lets Apps Tag Friends and Places

    Get ready for another wave of social location-based mobile apps. Facebook has just opened new APIs that allow apps on its platform to tag posts with friends and Places, read the location of your old posts, and search for specific posts by coordinates and distance parameters. Additionally, Open Graph apps can now play back video and display big photos in news feed and Timeline. By allowing apps… Read More

  • Friendsheet: The Zuck-Approved Pinterest-Style Facebook Photo Browser

    Friendsheet: The Zuck-Approved Pinterest-Style Facebook Photo Browser

    A weekend hack called Friendsheet went from 60k uniques a month to 150K in 24 hours when Facebook’s CEO Mark Zuckerberg Liked it yesterday. Friendsheet employs Facebook Connect to turn the photos from your news feed into a Pinterest-style browsing experience. Thankfully it’s hosted on Amazon S3, Friendsheet’s creator Zach Allia tells me. Otherwise the Zuck Effect caused by… Read More

  • You and This YouTube Video Can Stop A Warlord: KONY 2012

    You and This YouTube Video Can Stop A Warlord: KONY 2012

    Joseph Kony is one of world’s worst war criminals. By using the Internet to make him famous, he can be brought to justice. The Invisible Children project’s goal is to reach 20 culture makers including Mark Zuckerberg and Bill Gates and 12 policymakers including John Kerry and Mitt Romney with the message that Kony must be stopped. It’s working. Currently four of the… Read More

  • Facebook Already Made Friend Finder Changes Demanded By German Court

    Facebook Already Made Friend Finder Changes Demanded By German Court

    A German court ruling against Facebook this morning is likely moot because the social network had already made changes to address the court’s mandates. See, back in 2010 a German consumer organization complained Facebook’s Friend Finder inviter feature didn’t adequately inform users their imported contacts would be used to send invites, according to Friending Facebook Blog. Read More

  • A Picture’s Worth 12 Million Downloads: Draw Something Is #1 on iOS and Android

    A Picture’s Worth 12 Million Downloads: Draw Something Is #1 on iOS and Android

    Draw Something proves that if you provide an outlet for imagination, the whole world will play. One month after launch, OMGPOP’s CEO tells me its Pictionary-style mobile game now has 12 million downloads, around 7.1 million daily active users, and is the #1 free and paid game on both the U.S. App Store and Android Market (Google Play). If Draw Something can hold our attention now… Read More

  • Facebook Too Confusing? Scan Yearbooks and Find Classmates With schoolFeed’s 10M Users

    Facebook Too Confusing? Scan Yearbooks and Find Classmates With schoolFeed’s 10M Users

    Reconnecting with high school classmates is such a popular social networking feature that schoolFeed has managed to carve a registered user base of 10 million out of Facebook in the year since it launched. Today it opens a new feature where users can mail in their yearbooks, have them scanned and uploaded to schoolFeed, and mailed safely back to them. Led by former co-founder and CEO of… Read More

  • Why Did TestFlight Sell To Burstly? “We Couldn’t Change The App Ecosystem Alone”

    Why Did TestFlight Sell To Burstly? “We Couldn’t Change The App Ecosystem Alone”

    TestFlight could have been a safe little business, but co-founder Ben Satterfield is a true entrepreneur, and his dreams are not so small. Before today, only the most successful mobile app developers could afford sophisticated real-time usage and revenue data tracking. Costs prevented indie developers from getting the data they needed to build great apps and games. By being acquired by in-app… Read More

  • 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