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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  • YouTube Will Completely Remove Videos Of Creators Who Don’t Sign Its Red Subscription Deal

    YouTube Will Completely Remove Videos Of Creators Who Don’t Sign Its Red Subscription Deal

    YouTube made its top video creators an offer they literally couldn’t refuse, or they’d have their content disappear. Today YouTube confirmed that any “partner” creator who earns a cut of ad revenue but doesn’t agree to sign its revenue share deal for its new YouTube Red $9.99 ad-free subscription will have their videos hidden from public view on both the… Read More

  • YouTube Red Subscription Will Include Original Series From PewDiePie, CollegeHumor, And More

    YouTube Red Subscription Will Include Original Series From PewDiePie, CollegeHumor, And More

    YouTube wants to use exclusive series and movies from its biggest stars to differentiate its new $9.99 ad-free video and on-demand music subscription service YouTube Red. Launching next year, these YouTube Original Series And Movies include Scare PewDiePie, where YouTube’s top video game commentator gets dragged through terrifying real-life experiences, Sing It!, a scripted comedy… Read More

  • YouTube Red, A $9.99 Site-Wide Ad-Free Subscription With Play Music, Launches Oct 28

    YouTube Red, A $9.99 Site-Wide Ad-Free Subscription With Play Music, Launches Oct 28

    Today Google is rolling its Play Music on-demand service into a new $9.99 subscription for ad-free viewing across all of YouTube that will launch October 28th in the US and globally soon. However, iOS users will be charged $12.99 to cover Apple’s in-app purchase tax. The new service replaces Google Music Key and gives user a simple way to instantly watch or listen to YouTube video and… Read More

  • Instant Ads (Not Articles) Could Be Facebook’s Next Big Mobile Money-Maker

    Instant Ads (Not Articles) Could Be Facebook’s Next Big Mobile Money-Maker

    Today Facebook rolled out Instant Articles to all iOS users and launched an Android beta. But news publishers aren’t the only ones Facebook wants to load inside, rather than outside, its app. At first Facebook called them “Immersive ads” and then the “ads canvas”, but really, they’re the paid promotional equivalent to its hosted organic initiative… Read More

  • A Rant About How Twitter And Facebook Are Burying News Publishers

    Publishers are at risk of becoming interchangeable. With Moments and Instant articles, Twitter and Facebook seem happy to take content from publishers without ever sending people back to their sites — you know, the place where publishers earn their money. If news outlets and other media properties don’t change something, they could become dumb content in the smart pipes of… Read More

  • Photos And Details Of Uber’s Map-Making Car

    Photos And Details Of Uber’s Map-Making Car

    Uber has a car with a bunch of cameras on it driving around collecting images to improve its maps, driving routes, and ETAs, TechCrunch has confirmed. And here are the first photos of it. When asked about an image dug up from a private Uber driver Facebook group by TechCrunch reader Dave Craige (seen below), Uber admitted that this is a mapping vehicle piloted by a human driver, like a… Read More

  • Facebook M Assistant’s Top Requests Include Restaurant Suggestions And Shopping Help

    Facebook M Assistant’s Top Requests Include Restaurant Suggestions And Shopping Help

    How can Facebook Messenger’s AI/human hybrid assistant M lend you a hand? Early data from Facebook’s testing shows people want help booking reservations, finding local businesses that could solve their problems, and buying stuff. Facebook characterizes M activity saying, “So far, most people are using M to pass off less than thrilling chores, get out of a bind, or just… Read More

  • 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

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