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 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

  • Carbyn HTML5 OS for Tablets

    Synacor Files For IPO, Acquires HTML5 Cloud OS Carbyn For $1.1M

    Online content, portal and comprehensive front-end technology solution Synacor filed its amended S-1 today for an IPO looking to raise $75 million. The filing revealed that this month Synacor acquired Carbyn, an HTML5 operating system that lets users put their files, applications and more in the cloud and access them from any device. It paid $1.1 million total for the company,  $600,000 up… Read More

  • The 5 Reasons Why Facebook Is Worth So Much Money

    The 5 Reasons Why Facebook Is Worth So Much Money

    How did Facebook become worth so much money that it could file for the biggest IPO in tech history? By building a highly defensible product, platform, and advertising business on top of brilliant talent and valuable data. It now has several competitive advantages that protect it from disruption and could give it a long life as the primary online identity provider. Here are the 5… Read More

  • FounderSoup: Stanford and Andreessen’s New Startup Generator

    FounderSoup: Stanford and Andreessen’s New Startup Generator

    A single entrepreneur alone is vulnerable to shortsightedness, to fatigue. But with a team comes diverse perspective, encouragement, and the wherewithal to push through problems. That’s why a group of Stanford computer science and business students started the Andreessen Horowitz-backed FounderSoup program. It’s designed to give entrepreneurs with an idea or a fledgling company… Read More

  • Apple, Google, 5 Others To Be Denied Dismissal Of “No Poach” Conspiracy Case

    Apple, Google, 5 Others To Be Denied Dismissal Of “No Poach” Conspiracy Case

    7 of the world’s most powerful tech companies have been accused of forming an antitrust conspiracy to suppress the compensation of their employees by entering into “no poach” agreements. Today, a San Jose judge heard a motion to dismiss a class action civil lawsuit in which former employees seek damages from defendants Apple, Google, Adobe, Intel, Intuit, Pixar, and… Read More

  • Virtual Currency Rewards: Plink Pays You Facebook Credits To Eat Out

    Virtual Currency Rewards: Plink Pays You Facebook Credits To Eat Out

    Buy a hamburger and get rewarded with Facebook Credits to spend on a virtual cow. That’s the mouth-watering promise of startup Plink, which is launching a virtual currency loyalty rewards system for restaurants. You register a credit card with Plink, and then when you make purchases at Taco Bell, 7-Eleven, Dunkin Donuts, or one of Plink’s other clients you’ll get Facebook… Read More

  • 1000s Of Journalists Now Use Facebook Subscribe, And That’s Bad For Twitter

    1000s Of Journalists Now Use Facebook Subscribe, And That’s Bad For Twitter

    4 months after it launched its Twitter-style asymmetrical Subscribe feature, Facebook and its Journalist Program Manager Vadim Lavrusik’s efforts to weaken Twitter’s stranglehold on breaking news are paying off. The company just announced that thousands of journalists now use Subscribe, including 50 reporters from The New York Times and 90 from the Washington Post. If Facebook… Read More

  • Social Brand Marketing Booms In 2011, Buddy Media Ups Revenue 2.5X

    Social Brand Marketing Booms In 2011, Buddy Media Ups Revenue 2.5X

    With 300 new big brand customers and 2.5X revenue, 2011 was a landmark year for social media marketing software developer Buddy Media. As CEO Michael Lazerow told us that Buddy Media was on track to hit $20 million in revenue in 2010, it could have pulled in $50 million during 2011. It attracted premier clients such as Citibank, IBM, and the NFL with its reputation for helping brands… Read More

  • Mobile App Highlight Gives You A 6th Sense About Who’s Nearby

    Mobile App Highlight Gives You A 6th Sense About Who’s Nearby

    Checkins are not the future. They interrupt the moment and quickly become outdated. Highlight, a mobile app launching today, offers a better gateway to serendipitous meetups. All you do is download Highlight, turn it on, and let it run passively in the background. Then when you come within a few blocks of another Highlight user who’s your Facebook friend or that you have friends or… Read More