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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  • 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

  • The TechFellow Awards: Nominate Innovators To Win $100K Angel Funds

    The TechFellow Awards: Nominate Innovators To Win $100K Angel Funds

    The TechFellow Awards is different. Rather than just recognizing outstanding innovators, each of its 20 winners receive $100,000 to invest in a startup of their choice. Its purpose? To fund the next generation of high-tech entrepreneurship. Today, Founders Fund, TechCrunch, and New Enterprise Associates (NEA) announce the opening of nominations for the third annual TechFellows Awards. From… Read More

  • Google Trims The Fat

    Google Trims The Fat

    Google has more than 40 core products, and hundreds depending on how you count them. Even with over 30,000 employees, that’s a lot to support. In the name of refocusing, today the company announcedthat Picnik, Sky Map, Urchin, Needlebase, Google Message Continuity, and the Social Graph API are all headed for the deadpool, open source, or absorption into more central divisions. Read More

  • Delicious Adds Collaboration and One-Ups Pinterest With Privacy

    Delicious Adds Collaboration and One-Ups Pinterest With Privacy

    Delicious has just announced 4 new features to make its stacks, or collections of links, more social. Because the only thing better than a bundle of your favorite kitten websites is bundle co-created by you and your friends. You can now collaboratively build stacks, comment on whole stacks, respond to a stack with a stack similar to a YouTube response, and create private stacks. The features… Read More

  • Damning Evidence Emerges In Google-Apple “No Poach” Antitrust Lawsuit

    Damning Evidence Emerges In Google-Apple “No Poach” Antitrust Lawsuit

    Next week a class-action civil lawsuit will be heard in San Jose to determine if Google, Apple, Pixar, Lucasfilm, Adobe, Intel, and Intuit conspired to eliminate competition for skilled labor. In anticipation of the hearing, TechCrunch has obtained evidence from the Department of Justice’s investigation in 2010 which was made public this evening for the first time. It appears to support… Read More

  • SOPA Protests Sway Congress: 31 Opponents Yesterday, 122 Now

    SOPA Protests Sway Congress: 31 Opponents Yesterday, 122 Now

    Yesterday the Internet the internet cried out in protest of SOPA-PIPA, and congress heard us loud and clear. At the beginning of Janaury 18th, there were 80 members of congress who supported the legislation, and 31 opponents. Now, just 63 support SOPA-PIPA, and opposition has surged to 122, according to ProPublica. Now lets look at the breakdown by House, Senate, Democrat, and Republican, and… Read More

  • Mozilla’s Anti-SOPA Message Reached 40 Million People

    Mozilla’s Anti-SOPA Message Reached 40 Million People

    By blacking out the default Firefox start page and using social media, Mozilla reached 40 million people with its anti-SOPA/PIPA message. According to a stats wrap-up just posted to the Mozilla blog, 30 million people in the US saw the start page’s call to action, 1.8 million visited its mozilla.org/SOPA info page, and the effort generated 360,000 emails to Congress. Here’s how… Read More

  • Calling All Entrepreneurs: Twilio Expands APIs To 6 European Nations

    Calling All Entrepreneurs: Twilio Expands APIs To 6 European Nations

    A new wave of European entrepreneurs are about to start revolutionizing how we use our phones. Today, the Twilio voice API becomes available in Austria, Denmark, France, Ireland and Poland. Additionally, Twilio’s SMS API now supports UK phone numbers. These APIs allow developers to build apps that can programatically send and receive calls and texts. Read More

  • Ticketmaster’s New Facebook App Recommends Concerts From Your Listening Activity

    Ticketmaster’s New Facebook App Recommends Concerts From Your Listening Activity

    Of all the new Open Graph apps launched tonight, Ticketmaster’s new Facebook experience is the most impressive. Sure it can share that you’ve “bought” tickets, but lots of apps have similar publishing functionality. What makes Ticketmaster’s app cool is that it pulls your Facebook profile’s music app activity from services such as Spotify or Rdio, and… Read More

  • Pinterest and 60 Others Demo Open Graph Sites + Apps That Auto-Publish To Facebook

    Pinterest and 60 Others Demo Open Graph Sites + Apps That Auto-Publish To Facebook

    Facebook’s Open Graph app launch event is underway here in San Francisco, where over 60 new Open Graph websites and apps are either demo-ing or launching remotely. The apps can publish user activity back to Timeline and Ticker, even from offsite. Launch partners include Pinterest, Ticketmaster, Gogobot, Rotten Tomatoes, and many others. Carl Sjogreen, Facebook project manager, also… Read More

  • Veterans Need Employment, Jobvite’s Apps For Heroes Helps Them Find It

    Veterans Need Employment, Jobvite’s Apps For Heroes Helps Them Find It

    When military veterans complete their service, they shouldn’t have to struggle to find jobs. That’s why Jobvite and The White House’s Joining Forces initiative are teaming up to release “Apps For Heroes”. The feature set allows Jobvite’s recruiting platform clients to check a box and flag the job openings they post to be automatically included in Veterans… Read More

  • WTF
    The Day The LOLcats Died, A Song Against SOPA

    The Day The LOLcats Died, A Song Against SOPA

    Today people take to the streets and black out the web to protest unfair piracy legislation. To the tune of Don McLean’s ‘American Pie’ they’ll be singing:
     “Why, why are laws a thing you can buy? / They got paid off, should be laid off, re-election denied / Our web means more than lawyers, lobbies and lies / So speak up before the internet dies / Speak up before… Read More

  • Codecademy and The White House Announce Code Summer+ Youth Education Program

    Codecademy and The White House Announce Code Summer+ Youth Education Program

    Today, Codecademy in conjunction with The White House announced a new program to educate the nation’s underprivileged and disconnected youth: Code Summer+. The announcement was made at an event held by Twilio and hosted by US CTO Aneesh Chopra. There, Codecademy’s co-founder Zach Sims explained that as part of Obama’s larger Summer Jobs+ initiative, Code Summer+ will offer… Read More

  • Today Facebook Will Fill Your Timeline + Ticker With Shopping, Travel, and More Apps

    Today Facebook Will Fill Your Timeline + Ticker With Shopping, Travel, and More Apps

    In September at f8, Facebook announced partnerships with a slew of companies who would develop Open Graph Timeline apps. Airbnb, Path, Ticketmaster, Payvment, Causes and 30 others all said they were onboard to produce apps allowing users to share when they “traveled”, “purchased” something online, “donated” to a charity, and other activity. 4 months later… Read More

  • Study: Facebook Pages Shouldn’t Post More Than 1x Every 3 hours

    Study: Facebook Pages Shouldn’t Post More Than 1x Every 3 hours

    The average news feed post by a Facebook Page receives Likes and comments for 3 hours after being published. To maximize the engagement, impressions, and traffic driven by the news feed, Facebook Page owners should wait at least 3 hours between posts.
    This new finding from a study by Facebook Page analytics company EdgeRank Checker could help Page owners avoid cutting short the lifetimes of… Read More

  • Splash.FM: A Music Discovery Social Network That Scores How Hip You Are

    Splash.FM: A Music Discovery Social Network That Scores How Hip You Are

    Oh, you liked that band since before they were cool? Now you can prove it with Splash.FM. Launching in private beta today, the music social network lets you share songs and raise your Splash score when you help others discover them. Splash.FM lets you follow other tastemakers and listen through lists of the most popular songs across the site or your network. Splash.FM’s biggest… Read More

  • Advertising Report: Facebook Now Earns 23% More Per Impression Than In Q1 2011

    Advertising Report: Facebook Now Earns 23% More Per Impression Than In Q1 2011

    Facebook is making significantly more money per ad now, charging 23% more per 1000 impressions than at the start of 2011. There are still cheap ad clicks to be had on Facebook — you just have to keep traffic bouncing around within the social network. Facebook appears to be incentivizing advertisers to grow their Facebook applications and Pages, with cost per click campaigns that… Read More