Josh Constine

Josh Constine

Josh Constine is a technology journalist who specializes in deep analysis of social products. He is currently a Senior Writer for TechCrunch.

Previously, Constine was the Lead Writer of Inside Facebook, where he covered Facebook product changes, privacy, ads, ecommerce, games, and music technology.

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.

Josh Constine is an experienced public speaker, and has done on-stage inteviews with Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, AOL CEO Tim Armstrong, Dropbox CEO Drew Houston, SoundCloud CEO Alex Ljung, and Senator Cory Booker. He's been quoted by The Wall Street Journal, CNN Money, The Atlantic, BBC World Magazine, Slate, and more, plus has been featured on television on NBC and Fox News. Constine is available for speaking gigs.

[Disclosures: Josh Constine advises a college friend's social location-sharing startup codenamed 'Signal' that is based in San Francisco. This advising role has been cleared with AOL and TechCrunch's editors. Constine's cousin Darren Lachtman is the founder of Niche, which connects social media stars to sponsorships from brands.]

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  • Sounds Boring, Actually Awesome. Sherpaa Raises $1.8M To Find Your Business Cheap Health Insurance

    Sounds Boring, Actually Awesome. Sherpaa Raises $1.8M To Find Your Business Cheap Health Insurance

    Health insurance is the second biggest cost for businesses behind payroll, but picking the best plan is a nightmare. That’s why Sherpaa just raised $1.85 million to make the decision for you, cut your costs, and keep your employees healthy. With a yearly Sherpaa plan, your employees also get 24/7 telephone access to a group of doctors that can answer medical questions and prevent… Read More

  • Quora Is On A Quest For Users With Its New Embeddable Quotes

    Quora Is On A Quest For Users With Its New Embeddable Quotes

    It’s a shame Quora doesn’t get more traffic considering how fun and informative it is. So to raise awareness, today Quora launches an embeddable quote feature that lets any website host its content. The embeds make citation easier, and trackbacks show authors where their questions and answers are ending up. I’ve embedded Quora’s announcement of the feature in this… Read More

  • Inside FundersClub, The Equity Crowdfunding Platform Destined To Redefine Venture Capital

    Inside FundersClub, The Equity Crowdfunding Platform Destined To Redefine Venture Capital

    Don’t call it Kickstarter, because on FundersClub you get real equity for your investments in hot startups. In just three weeks since launch, FundersClub’s platform has pulled in $1 million for Y Combinator companies, closed an oversubscribed $500,000 round for itself, and proven there’s a new way for entrepreneurs to keep the lights on. Here’s a closer look at why… Read More

  • Feast Your Ears On Fresh Jams From Musicians You Love At Hipset Via YC’s Tracks.by

    Feast Your Ears On Fresh Jams From Musicians You Love At Hipset Via YC’s Tracks.by

    Hipset is a music discovery site launching today from Y Combinator’s Tracks.by that makes sure you never miss the hot new songs, videos, and other content from the artists you Like on Facebook — updates which the social network might not show in your feed. If launched on its own, Hipset would just be a fun site for listeners. But while disarmingly simple, it’s the culmination… Read More

  • Facebook Now Gives You Privacy Control Over Each Of Your Old Profile Photos

    Facebook Now Gives You Privacy Control Over Each Of Your Old Profile Photos

    Facebook used to only let you set a single privacy setting for all your old profile photos, but now there’s a privacy widget on every past profile photo. This puts your Profile Photos album in a special category alongside Mobile Uploads that Facebook tells me “gives people more granular control” over photos you upload one at a time. More controls may translate into more… Read More

  • Playerize Acquires Adknowledge’s Super Rewards To Get Game Makers More Dollars

    Playerize Acquires Adknowledge’s Super Rewards To Get Game Makers More Dollars

    Three years ago Adknowledge paid $50 million to buy game monetizer Super Rewards. But then its founder bought it back and today sold it to user acquisition service Playerize. Super Rewards’ embeddable paywall for developers lets gamers score virtual goods and currency by buying offers, completing surveys, and watching branded videos. Super Rewards will turn Playerize into a one-stop… Read More

  • Stay The Course, Facebook. Even If Your Share Price Crashes

    Stay The Course, Facebook. Even If Your Share Price Crashes

    Ignore us. Ignore the pressure from the media and Wall Street to make more money now as lockups expire and your stock price dips to new lows. The only thing you need to remember is “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.” That’s your leader Mark Zuckerberg in his… Read More

  • The Invisible Bike Helmet: An Airbag On The Go

    The Invisible Bike Helmet: An Airbag On The Go

    People die trying to look cool. Vanity is the sad reason why people don’t wear bike helmets. So two Swedish women set out to invent “the invisible bicycle helmet”, They’ve succeeded, and the end product isn’t a made of clear plexiglass and there’s no lightbending-stealth technology. In fact it’s not really a helmet at all. Hövding is a… Read More

  • Two Months After Failing To Go Viral, Airtime Bets Video Posts and Twitter Will Help It Take Off

    Two Months After Failing To Go Viral, Airtime Bets Video Posts and Twitter Will Help It Take Off

    Airtime planned to reach millions through real-time Facebook Chat invites to video calls. But private messages can’t go viral, so two months after launch it’s hoping for growth through public video posts to Twitter and Facebook. Since AppData shows Airtime as having just 1000 daily and 90,000 monthly actives, finding a distribution method that snowballs is crucial to the… Read More

  • Twitter Co-Founders Preview Medium, Their Publishing Platform That Gives Anyone An Audience

    Twitter Co-Founders Preview Medium, Their Publishing Platform That Gives Anyone An Audience

    Obvious Corp has just unlocked Medium.com, revealing that its a publishing platform that collects submitted text and images into themed collections so you don’t need a following to be heard. Anyone can read and give feedback on Medium entries starting today, with publishing access to roll out from friends and family to more people soon. Backed by Twitter co-founders Evan Williams and… Read More

  • Facebook Tries Letting Pages Show News Feed Ads To Non-Fans

    Facebook Tries Letting Pages Show News Feed Ads To Non-Fans

    Facebook seems determined to impress investors, as today it begins testing an aggressive web and mobile news feed ad unit that lets Pages pay to show their posts to people who didn’t subscribe to them. Previously, Pages could only reach people who weren’t fans with ads in the web sidebar or through Sponsored Stories noting someone’s friend had interacted with the Page. These… Read More

  • G+ Posts Show Your Exact Location On A GMap, And That Shouldn’t Scare You

    G+ Posts Show Your Exact Location On A GMap, And That Shouldn’t Scare You

    As the lines between Google and Google+ grow blurrier, so do privacy norms. Today we’re posed with whether we want our location made abundantly clear to anyone we share G+ posts with. Now when you post to G+ from mobile and you enable automatic location sharing or geo-tag yourself at a local spot, a big Google Map of your exact location is shown in the G+ stream on the web. The… Read More

  • Payvment Redirects Traffic To Lish, An Impulse Shopping Site For Cheap Ridiculousness

    Payvment Redirects Traffic To Lish, An Impulse Shopping Site For Cheap Ridiculousness

    Indulge yourself with a beard wig, toy Lamborghini, or $5 sunglasses on Lish, a new impulse shopping site from Payvment with two-click purchasing powered by PayPal. Today’s launch sees Payvment expanding beyond Facebook ecommerce storefront tools by redirecting all traffic from its old Shopping Mall app to this Pinteresty discovery portal for its merchants. Lish surfaces fun… Read More

  • Facebook Lets You Announce That You’re Expecting A Baby

    Facebook Lets You Announce That You’re Expecting A Baby

    Facebook seems to be feelings its biological clock ticking, as today it launches a new Timeline event that lets you share that you’re expecting a baby, the due date, and whether it’s a boy or girl. Baby announcements appear in the Celebrations home page sidebar beside birthdays on the day the kid is expected to pop out, along with showing up in the news feed. Facebook tells me… Read More

  • Google+ Hangouts Studio Mode Lets Musicians Stream Concerts With Pristine Sound Quality

    Google+ Hangouts Studio Mode Lets Musicians Stream Concerts With Pristine Sound Quality

    Google wants Hangouts On Air to become the way musicians stream concerts from their garage or the stadium, so today it launches Studio Mode, an option that lets broadcasters optimize sound quality for real-time music instead of voice. Studio Mode makes a big difference, turning the noisy digital gargle into something closer to CD-quality. I’ve confirmed with Google that Studio Mode… Read More

  • WTF
    How Google+ Punk’d The Oatmeal

    How Google+ Punk’d The Oatmeal

    Since The Oatmeal draws comics like 5 Ways To Fight A Crack Whore, the kids down in Mountain View figured they could play a joke on him. This summer the artist wrote that Google+ comment threads sound like *crickets*, poking fun at the social network’s lack of engagement. He also criticized not being able to “set up a fancy profile URL so I don’t have to link people… Read More

  • One Horrifying Account Of Working At Zynga

    One Horrifying Account Of Working At Zynga

    Divorce, alcoholism, and near worthless stock are the rewards for 12 hour days prepping for a game launch at Zynga, according to one anonymous Quora user who worked there after their company was bought by the gaming giant. The answer was called “butthurt” by one responder. “Sorry you’re not a millionaire after a year of work on a failed product” said another. Read More

  • Snailmail Photos To Friends With Facebook’s New Postcards Feature

    Snailmail Photos To Friends With Facebook’s New Postcards Feature

    In what could blossom into an ecommerce opportunity, Facebook is testing a new “Mail A Postcard” feature powered by Sincerely that lets you choose one of your photos,and have Facebook send it to a friend as a postcard — in real life. You can add a message that will appear on the back, and also mail friends prints of their own photos. The sender is charged a small fee, and… Read More

  • Pinterest Finally Ditches Invitations, Now Lets Anyone Sign Up

    Pinterest Finally Ditches Invitations, Now Lets Anyone Sign Up

    Calling all chefs, wedding planners, stylists, and crafty-types: Pinterest has just opened registration to the public after two years of requiring an invite to join. Anyone can now sign up with Twitter, Facebook, or just an email address. Seems that $100 million cash infusion from Rakuten bought it some operations engineers. Its growth has already been staggering, so it will be fascinating… Read More

  • With Installs Up 400%, Stitcher Sounds Like The Pandora Of Talk Radio

    With Installs Up 400%, Stitcher Sounds Like The Pandora Of Talk Radio

    With around of 650,000 users, installs up 400% this year, a podcast recommendation engine, and today adding Facebook auto-sharing to its Android app, Stitcher has made a lot of progress towards owning talk radio after the fall of AM/FM. Today it revealed a number of stats through a Facebook Developer Spotlight, but when I deduced that it now has 650,000 active users based on AppData and the… Read More