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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  • How To Use Anyone’s Face As A Facebook Chat Emoticon

    How To Use Anyone’s Face As A Facebook Chat Emoticon

    Emoticons no longer have to be anonymous smiley faces representing simple emotions. Facebook Chat now lets you use the profile picture of any user, official Page, or event on the service as an emoticon. That means you can make one out of your best friend, Chuck Norris, Justin Bieber, Barack Obama or anyone else. This opens up a whole new way to express complex emotions. Here’s how to do it: Read More

  • Facebook Subscriber # > Twitter Follower # ?

    Facebook Subscriber # > Twitter Follower # ?

    Where do you publish first if you have more Facebook subscribers than Twitter followers?  That’s a question more and more journalists are going to be asking themselves. Just 3.5 months after the launch of Facebook’s late entry into asymmetrical following, many individual content producers including TechCrunch / CrunchFund’s MG Siegler, The New York Times’ Nick… Read More

  • Kiip Swarm: Gamers Compete, Brands Sponsor Prizes, Developers Monetize

    Kiip Swarm: Gamers Compete, Brands Sponsor Prizes, Developers Monetize

    Kiip is not an ad network. It’s a mobile games reward network. Today it launches Swarm, a feature with a very unique value proposition: Let brands sponsor in-app tournaments where users win big prizes for high scores. Brands get exposure by piggybacking on an app’s existing user base, developers get paid, and users get to play for real-world rewards without being interrupted by ads. Read More

  • Facebook Opens Mobile News Feed As Viral Channel For Games

    Facebook Opens Mobile News Feed As Viral Channel For Games

    Once upon a time, Facebook game companies like Zynga fattened up their user counts thanks to viral distribution to non-gamers through the news feed. Facebook later curtailed this channel, forcing developers to concentrate on paid marketing and true word of mouth to grow. A new boom period could be coming, this time for mobile developers, as Facebook announced today that it is testing game… Read More

  • Y Combinator Startup Priceonomics Tells You How Much To Pay For Any Used Product

    Y Combinator Startup Priceonomics Tells You How Much To Pay For Any Used Product

    You want the best price on things you buy second hand, but finding out how much you should pay is a hassle. Removing this friction from a lucrative part of the purchase funnel is the goal of Priceonomics. The first startup out of the winter 2012 Y Combinator batch, Priceonomics has crawled the web to compile its next-generation price guide. It launches today featuring 10 million prices on… Read More

  • Facebook Launches Suggested Events Feature Based On Checkins

    Facebook Launches Suggested Events Feature Based On Checkins

    We’re creatures of habit. We go where we’ve already gone. That’s why Facebook’s new Suggested Events feature I just discovered is so powerful — it knows where we’ve been thanks to our checkins. Replacing the old Friends’ Events sub-tab of the home page’s Events bookmark, Suggested Events helps you discover things to do that take place at… Read More

  • Facebook Snubs Zynga’s CityVille As Most Popular Game Despite 5X Users Of #1 Gardens Of Time

    Facebook Snubs Zynga’s CityVille As Most Popular Game Despite 5X Users Of #1 Gardens Of Time

    Playdom’s Gardens of Time took the #1 spot of Facebook’s Most Popular Games of 2011 list. But wait, Zynga’s CityVille was ranked #3 despite peaking at over 100 million monthly active users and 21 million daily active users — far more than Gardens of Time’s peaks of 17 million MAU and 4 million DAU, or its current stats according to AppData. That’s… Read More

  • 45 Privacy Changes Facebook Will Make To Comply With Data Protection Law

    45 Privacy Changes Facebook Will Make To Comply With Data Protection Law

    In 2012, Facebook will be making 45 privacy-related changes to comply with the recommendations of an audit by Ireland’s Office of the Data Protection Commissioner (DPC) released today. Below I’ve compiled a roadmap of all the changes Facebook will implement based on the the 149 pages of DPC recommendations and how the social network says it will address them. Read More

  • Facebook Agrees To Make Privacy Improvements, Though Audit Says It’s Lawful

    Facebook Agrees To Make Privacy Improvements, Though Audit Says It’s Lawful

    After a 3 month audit by the Office of the Irish Data Protection Commissioner (DPC), Facebook has issued a statement that “a DPC report demonstrates how Facebook adheres to European data protection principles and complies with Irish law.” Still, Facebook has committed to making a wide range of changes to its privacy policies and features. These include deleting or anonymizing… Read More

  • 1 Million Articles Auto-Shared Daily, So Yahoo! Expands Facebook Integration To 26 More Sites

    1 Million Articles Auto-Shared Daily, So Yahoo! Expands Facebook Integration To 26 More Sites

    Facebook’s Frictionless Sharing integration has been a huge win for Yahoo! News US. After just 2 months, 1 million articles are being shared to Facebook daily leading to 500,000 daily referrals. To build on this, Yahoo! has expanded the integration to 26 more of its news sites. These include many international sites such as Yahoo! News Philippines and France, as well as vertical sites… Read More

  • How To Found, Grow, and Sell A Social Good Startup (TCTV)

    How To Found, Grow, and Sell A Social Good Startup (TCTV)

    Most entrepreneurs found companies to solve a problem. Adam Archer founded GamesThatGive to save the world. During a backpacking trip across the world he was inspired with the idea for the company. He then left Apple in 2008 to work on a farm before founding GamesThatGive, which builds social games where users earn money for charity by playing thanks to sponsorships from major brands. It… Read More

  • Facebook Sponsored Story Ads To Appear In The Web News Feed In 2012

    Facebook Sponsored Story Ads To Appear In The Web News Feed In 2012

    Starting in January 2012, Facebook will gradually begin showing Sponsored Stories social ads in the main news feed of the web version of the site, a representative of the company tells us. Facebook hasn’t shown ads in the news feed since 2008, so this has big ramifications for advertisers and the user experience. The ads will be marked “Sponsored” and a rate limit will… Read More

  • WTF
    Don’t Let Your Company’s Sound Be Stolen, Trademark It With Trademarkia

    Don’t Let Your Company’s Sound Be Stolen, Trademark It With Trademarkia

    Most people don’t realize you can trademark sounds. Intel’s chimes, Yahoo’s yodel, and Taco Bell’s bell toll are all locked down, but only about 700 sound trademarks exist. That means the signature sounds of tons of companies could be stolen and trademarked by squatters. That includes an app’s boot up noise, a sound from a commercial, or a pronunciation of a… Read More

  • How RockMelt Will Battle Chrome In 2012: Identity, Apps, Communication

    How RockMelt Will Battle Chrome In 2012: Identity, Apps, Communication

    6 months after its public launch, the RockMelt social web browser now has 1.4 million registered users and several hundred thousand weekly active users, CEO Eric Vishria told me this morning. With Internet Explorer and Firefox on the decline, RockMelt’s 2012 will be defined by competition with Chrome. Google’s browser recently moved in the direction of RockMelt, adding login… Read More

  • Circles Volume Slider Differentiates Google+ As The Social MacroNetwork

    Circles Volume Slider Differentiates Google+ As The Social MacroNetwork

    Google+ has found its place in the social network ecosystem: Twitter is the interest network, Facebook is the social network, Path is the micronetwork, and now Google+ is the macronetwork. With the new Circles volume slider, you categorize people and then adjust the presence of those entire sets of people in your main stream. This lets you efficiently consume updates from across… Read More

  • New Facebook For iPhone 4.1 Includes Timeline Access and Faster Photos

    New Facebook For iPhone 4.1 Includes Timeline Access and Faster Photos

    Facebook has just pushed out version 4.1 of its popular iPhone app. The update includes the ability to view the new profile Timeline,  Subscribers, Subscriptions, pop-over notifications, and add people to friend lists. The app feels more responsive, and photos seem to load significantly faster. Facebook launched Timeline globally a few days ago, but initially it could only be accessed… Read More

  • Facebook For Android Finally Has More Daily Active Users Than Facebook For iPhone

    Facebook For Android Finally Has More Daily Active Users Than Facebook For iPhone

    For the first time, the Facebook for Android mobile app has eclipsed the daily active user count of Facebook for iPhone. The Android app launched in September 2009 more than a year after its iPhone sister and has been playing catch-up ever since. Both are developed internally by Facebook. This week the two were briefly tied, but the Android app is now pulling away with 58.3 million DAU compared… Read More

  • “Goodbye, With. Hello, Path 2.” Morin Migrates Users to New App

    “Goodbye, With. Hello, Path 2.” Morin Migrates Users to New App

    Dave Morin and Path’s secondary standalone app With “is winding down”, according to a tweet, email, and blog post from Path. “Now tweet who you’re with directly from Path”, the email explains. The encouraged migration signals the end of Path’s experiment with a stripped down, single feature experience. Details are sparse but this looks like an… Read More

  • Aetna Reveals It Acquired Healthagen, Developer Of The #1 Mobile Health App iTriage

    Aetna Reveals It Acquired Healthagen, Developer Of The #1 Mobile Health App iTriage

    At an investor conference yesterday, health insurance and tech giant Aetna revealed that it acquired Healthagen, the developer of mobile app iTriage, though it did not disclose the price. Aetna’s Chairmen, CEO, and President Mark Bertolini told investors “About a month and a half ago we bought at little company called iTriage…the fastest growing consumer application in… Read More

  • WTF
    Nerds Rule, Help TechCrunch Beat Maxim In A Turntable.fm Battle For Charity Now

    Nerds Rule, Help TechCrunch Beat Maxim In A Turntable.fm Battle For Charity Now

    “I’m a nerd, and I’m here today to stand up for the rights of other nerds.” Right now, TechCrunch is in a charity Turntable.fm DJ battle vs. Maxim magazine. Help me win it for the nerds, and the kids. Go to the MaxCrunch Turntable.fm room at http://www.horngroup.com/maxcrunch and click the “Awesome” button while DJ TechCrunch plays to help us win. Money… Read More