Josh Constine

Josh Constine is a technology journalist who specializes in deep analysis of social products. He is currently an Editor-At-Large 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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  • Facebook Should Reword Confusing Hack Warning About “State-Sponsored Actors”

    Facebook Should Reword Confusing Hack Warning About “State-Sponsored Actors”

    When we say “Facebook IS the Internet to many people” we really mean “Many Facebook users don’t fully understand what the Internet is.” Throwing Internet jargon at them will just make them freeze up and ignore you, or get deeply confused. So imagine what targets of hacking attempts might think when they receive this notification from Facebook: Please Secure… Read More

  • 20 New Ways Facebook Is Eating The Internet

    Facebook never, ever, ever wants you to leave. That’s why it’s replicating features from other apps and pulling content like videos and news articles inside its app. The more time you spend on Facebook, the more it accomplishes its “open and connected” mission, and the more money it makes by showing you ads. Here’s 20 new ways it’s assimilating the Internet… Read More

  • Twitter And Facebook Are Turning Publishers Into Ghost Writers

    Twitter And Facebook Are Turning Publishers Into Ghost Writers

    Publishers are in danger of becoming dumb content in the smart pipes of platforms like Facebook and Twitter. The quest for smoother user experience portrays actually visiting a publisher’s site as friction. With content consumption being redfined, there’s plenty of eyeballs out there, but it’s getting tougher to win the hearts of readers. Previously, the platforms were willing… Read More

  • Married Founders Of Wildfire Leave Google 3 Years After $350M+ Buyout

    Married Founders Of Wildfire Leave Google 3 Years After $350M+ Buyout

    Wife and husband duo Victoria Ransom and Alain Chuard hit the jackpot on social. With every brand trying to figure out a Faceboook marketing strategy in 2008, the two built a startup called Wildfire that did it for them. Wildfire helped companies develop a presence, share content, run contests, and buy ads on social networks including Twitter and Pinterest. Google, looking to barge into… Read More

  • An API For Your Door

    An API For Your Door

    August Smart Locks wants to usher in a new level of convenience for the on-demand economy. Instead of rushing home to meet your courier, cleaner, or assistant, or having to give strangers a copy of your house key, you can just authorize them to open your door via August. By launching its August Access partnership program with companies like Postmates, Shyp, Handy, and Alfred, August gets a… Read More

  • Facebook Tests Video Feed To Sidestep YouTube With Friendly Discovery

    Facebook Tests Video Feed To Sidestep YouTube With Friendly Discovery

    Facebook is where you watch videos you weren’t looking for. And now it’s looking to supercharge discovery through friends via a slew of new feature tests including a dedicated Video feed with separate channels for clips shared by friends, Pages you Like, Trending videos on Facebook, clips you’ve Saved, or videos you’ve already watched. The test sees the Videos… Read More

  • “Chime” In On Video Chat Threads With This Intimate App

    “Chime” In On Video Chat Threads With This Intimate App

    Texting is the quickest way to be misunderstood. With no facial cues or vocal tones, enthusiasm becomes sarcasm, jokes are read as cruelty. But while audio and video chat are vivid, its inconvenient to get both people on a call at the same time. Yet, a new iOS app called Chime combines the best parts of these media, plus sprinkles on some mustaches and top hats to keep it fun. Read More

  • Facebook Tests A Dedicated Shopping Feed

    Facebook Tests A Dedicated Shopping Feed

    Facebook’s where people spend their time on mobile, and now it’s working on several new features to give shopping sites a cut of the attention. The most eye-catching is a test of a Shopping feed that aggregates posts and photos about products on sale from different retailers. It’s also beefing up the fast-loading “immersive ads” it started testing last month… Read More

  • uBeam Finally Reveals The Secret Of How Its Wireless Charging Phone Case Works Safely

    uBeam Finally Reveals The Secret Of How Its Wireless Charging Phone Case Works Safely

    Cynics have denounced uBeam’s ultrasound wireless charging at-a-distance technology since its first prototype in 2011, in part because it refused to share the particulars for fear of competitors copying it. But today, its founder Meredith Perry unveiled extensive details, research, and safety information about how uBeam works, and will soon be able to simultaneously charge and send data… Read More

  • Zuckerberg Confirms Facebook Is Working On Augmented Reality

    Zuckerberg Confirms Facebook Is Working On Augmented Reality

    “Yeah!” Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said excitedly in response to a big question for his company: is Facebook working on augmented reality? “It’s a bit further out,” he followed up during a talk about virtual reality at the Vanity Fair New Establishment Summit in San Francisco. Facebook’s intentions in virtual reality were already clear after buying… Read More

  • Massive Freelance Engineer Marketplace Toptal Now Sells Designers

    Massive Freelance Engineer Marketplace Toptal Now Sells Designers

    Software is eating the world, but who’s setting the table? Engineers, and everyone needs them. But companies that hire freelance programmers are realizing an ugly product is as broken as buggy code. The talent crunch around engineers has now spawned a parallel desperation for designers. Toptal wants to answer that call by routing designers with spare cycles to companies in need after… Read More

  • Pandora Acquires Ticketfly For $450M To Sell Concert Tickets

    Pandora Acquires Ticketfly For $450M To Sell Concert Tickets

    Pandora has a new tool in its belt to fight against Apple Music and Spotify. The music streaming just announced it will purchase Ticketfly, a Ticketmaster-type site, for $450m in cash and stock. Pandora says in a press release that Ticketfly’s service will allow Pandora listeners to better find live music events. It’s unclear at this point how deep the Ticketfly integration… Read More

  • 9 Big Unanswered Questions About Twitter Moments

    9 Big Unanswered Questions About Twitter Moments

    Riddle me this. Why won’t people just ignore Twitter’s new Moments tab? How will Moments make money? Will Twitter pay publishers that create them? Today Twitter launched Moments, its way to easily follow current events that could help it seduce new users and revive those who never got hooked. Read More

  • Secret Co-Founder David Byttow Preps New Enterprise Startup After Stint At Medium

    Secret Co-Founder David Byttow Preps New Enterprise Startup After Stint At Medium

    Though his last startup flamed out, Secret co-founder David Byttow is ready to take another shot alongside former Secret designer Ben Lee. TechCrunch has learned the new startup will be in the enterprise space and won’t be based around anonymity. An image attained by TechCrunch shows Byttow told Facebook friends late last week that he’d been working at Medium on its upcoming October… Read More

  • Google Patents Holograms For Glass, Which Could Involve Magic Leap

    Google Patents Holograms For Glass, Which Could Involve Magic Leap

    Today Google published a patent application for using holograms in a head mounted display like Google Glass. It would effectively let Google create augmented reality experiences that superimpose computer-generated imagery (CGI) atop the real world. Filed in March 2014, the patent shows Google’s research into how it could merge its head mounted display technology with AR. [Correction: This… Read More

  • Snapchat’s New Sponsored Lenses Turn Your Selfies Into Ads

    Snapchat’s New Sponsored Lenses Turn Your Selfies Into Ads

    Imagine a Snapchat selfie Lens branded with Iron Man 4. How much would Marvel pay to let Snapchatters Iron Man themselves and send these pics and videos to friends the weekend the movie opens? Apparently as much as $750,000 for one peak day like a holiday, according to a report of an upcoming new Snapchat ad format from the Financial Times. [Update 10/31: Snapchat is now officially… Read More

  • Pioneer Square Labs Grabs $12.5M To Dream Up, Then Kill Off Or Spin Out Startups

    Pioneer Square Labs Grabs $12.5M To Dream Up, Then Kill Off Or Spin Out Startups

    Brilliant entrepreneurs are wasting their talents trapped inside Seattle’s big tech companies like Microsoft and Amazon. Pioneer Square Labs wants to give them a startup to run. Today with $12.5 million from 12 VCs and 50 angels, Pioneer Square Labs launches its startup studio. Based in Seattle, PSL’s team of experienced founders, investors, and former CTOs will test tons of… Read More

  • Twitter Will Reportedly Name Jack Dorsey As CEO, Bringing Back The Founder’s Instincts

    Twitter Will Reportedly Name Jack Dorsey As CEO, Bringing Back The Founder’s Instincts

    The decisive leadership of a founder could be what’s necessary to bring Twitter’s value to the masses. And apparently that’s what it’s going to get, as Re/Code reports Twitter has made the decision to bring its co-founder and Square chief Jack Dorsey back as CEO. He’d been serving as Twitter’s interim CEO for four months since Dick Costolo chose to step… Read More

  • Facebook Starts Letting You Add A 7-Second Looping Video As A Profile Pic

    Facebook Starts Letting You Add A 7-Second Looping Video As A Profile Pic

    To keep its decade-old social network lively, Facebook is introducing five big changes to user profiles, which are viewed 4 billion times per day: The option to pin Featured Photos to the top of the profile Temporary profile pics Easier visibility controls for About info, including a new 100 character Bio field A mobile-centric design with centered profile photos plus big sections for… Read More

  • Why Snapchat’s Only Non-Ephemeral Content, The Profile GIF, Is A Big Deal

    Why Snapchat’s Only Non-Ephemeral Content, The Profile GIF, Is A Big Deal

    Not everything on Snapchat disappears. As much as the app wants memories to span just 10 seconds and live for just 24 hours, one piece of content doesn’t self destruct. The profile GIF. And through its permanence, Snapchat has found a way solve a major problem with its identity system and social graph. Snapchat quietly added the profile GIFs in July alongside the flashier shift from… Read More

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