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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  • Thanksgiving + Black Friday Mobile Traffic Up 60% From 2010

    Thanksgiving + Black Friday Mobile Traffic Up 60% From 2010

    Mobile is growing as a medium for ecommerce, with users sourcing deals from their phones and tablets before visiting physical stores according to a new study by Usablenet, The company which powers mobile sites for 100 top U.S. retailers including JCPenney, Aeropostale, and REI tracked 180 million page views and 1 million mobile users over Thanksgiving and Black Friday. It saw mobile traffic… Read More

  • Walmart’s Black Friday Disaster: Website Crippled, Violence In Stores

    Walmart’s Black Friday Disaster: Website Crippled, Violence In Stores

    Fire sales turned into a firestorm for Walmart this morning as the company’s web servers buckled under Black Friday traffic. Shoppers from around the country waited until the middle of the night for sales only to experience broken checkout pages, emptied shopping carts, and login errors. This caused their desired items to go out of stock before they could buy them, leading to mass… Read More

  • The Social Network 2 – If Zuckerberg Deleted Facebook Parody Trailer

    The Social Network 2 – If Zuckerberg Deleted Facebook Parody Trailer

    Would our society come crumbling down if Facebook suddenly disappeared? A hilarious new parody film trailer explores a ghastly future where “Zuckerberg deleted Facebook. And then he killed himself. Forever.” Click through to watch the panic ensue. Read More

  • “Leaked” Facebook Law Enforcement Guides Already Available, Still Bad For PR

    “Leaked” Facebook Law Enforcement Guides Already Available, Still Bad For PR

    Several news outlets today wrongly reported that Anonymous Antisec hackers had leaked “newly available” Facebook law enforcement guidelines that explain how and what data can be obtained by officials with a subpoena, warrant, or court order. In fact, many versions of the outdated guides were already widely available thanks to an Electronic Frontier Foundation Freedom of Information… Read More

  • Spooked Momentum Investors Punish Pandora

    Spooked Momentum Investors Punish Pandora

    Despite yesterday’s FQ3 earnings statement indicating that Pandora beat Wall Street projections and that it has abundant long-term growth opportunities, Pandora’s stock price fell 11.3% since yesterday to $10.51. This is likely because Pandora lowered its FQ4 guidance to a loss ($0.03) in earnings per share, worse than its $0.02 EPS for last quarter and Wall Street’s… Read More

  • Turkeys and Robots Don’t Matter, G+ Buttons On Google Doodles Matter

    Turkeys and Robots Don’t Matter, G+ Buttons On Google Doodles Matter

    People are all caught up in today’s Google Doodles but for all the wrong reasons. Yes, there’s a customizable turkey for the US and a fun sci-fi game for Europe. But did you notice the G+ button hovering below the turkey? Google is now using its most visible, accessible, viral element to get people to sign up and share on Google+. If worked into future Doodles, this could be… Read More

  • Tired Of Facebook? Try Facedrink Energy Shot Before Zuck Sues

    Tired Of Facebook? Try Facedrink Energy Shot Before Zuck Sues

    “It gives you social energy. It gives you taste of friendship.” It’s Facedrink! And you better go buy some because it will be sued out of existence any minute now. Following in the footsteps of the unofficial Mark Zuckerberg action figure, some dude named Barry Moustapha (ROFLCOPTER) has created a lawyer-magnet energy drink. It’s themed with Facebook colors and… Read More

  • 50% Of Ecommerce Site Visitors Are Logged In To Facebook

    50% Of Ecommerce Site Visitors Are Logged In To Facebook

    Ecommerce sites should consider how they can personalize their sites using Facebook data, as a new study shows 50% of visitors to ecommerce sites are currently logged in to Facebook. Using Facebook social plugins and Connect integrations, sites can leverage Facebook data to show visitors what friends bought or shared, what products relate to their Likes, and which friends they might want… Read More

  • Rate Beautiful Images For Bursts Of Inspiration with DailyModi

    Rate Beautiful Images For Bursts Of Inspiration with DailyModi

    We crave inspiration. When energy is low or there’s a pause in our day, we turn to Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram for stimulation. But there, exhilaration is buried within exhausting, endless streams of content. DailyModi is a brand new free iPhone app committed to structuring inspiration into bursts of discovery. With addictive finger swipes, you rate your way through 3 daily slideshows… Read More

  • Blow Up Instagram Photos Into 20″ x 20″ Paintings With CanvasPop

    Blow Up Instagram Photos Into 20″ x 20″ Paintings With CanvasPop

    Over 10 million people have created artful iPhonography with Instagram, but they’ve never seen their masterpieces any bigger than a Postagram postcard. But now, thanks to a peculiar synergy between the mediums and a secret algorithm, CanvasPop has found a way to blow up Instagrams and print them as beautiful canvas paintings. See, Instagram’s filters reduce grainyness and so does… Read More

  • Spam Friends, Earn Money With Social Affiliate Ecommerce Platform Shopcade

    Spam Friends, Earn Money With Social Affiliate Ecommerce Platform Shopcade

    We’ve all built up a ton of connections through networks like Facebook and Twitter. Now there’s a way to greedily exchange that social capital for real-world dollars. Shopcade is a new affiliate ecommerce platform where users create a personal store and feature products from a catalog of 40 million item. They can then blast store links to their social networks and earn… Read More

  • Despite Unproven Market, Facebook To Launch Custom Android OS Phone With HTC

    Despite Unproven Market, Facebook To Launch Custom Android OS Phone With HTC

    Over the past few years, Facebook has partnered with a variety of handset makers to release smartphones and feature phones that deeply integrate the social network into software and hardware. These phones have sold poorly, though. Meanwhile iOS and Android are claiming more and more of the market such that they endanger Facebook’s future, cramping its mobile platform and relegating it… Read More

  • Facebook Testing Messenger for Windows Ticker+Chat Desktop Client

    Facebook Testing Messenger for Windows Ticker+Chat Desktop Client

    Facebook today began allowing a limited test group of users to download a new Facebook Messenger for Windows 7 desktop client. It provides access to Chat, the Ticker feed, and notifications. Facebook is looking to gauge interest in desktop access to these real-time features that could keep users engaged with the service all day without having to keep a browser window open. The client could… Read More

  • Facebook To Mix Sponsored Stories Ads With Content In The Site-Wide Ticker

    Facebook To Mix Sponsored Stories Ads With Content In The Site-Wide Ticker

    Facebook has classically been very reluctant to adulterate its social content streams with advertisements. But today, Facebook begins showing its Sponsored Stories ad units in the site-wide Ticker of real-time social activity stories. This will open lucrative new ad inventory, including placements on the home page. While they are are paid ads, Sponsored Stories display the activity of friends… Read More

  • Facebook and the Age of Curation Through Unsharing

    Facebook and the Age of Curation Through Unsharing

    Facebook’s Open Graph is ushering in a monumental shift in how we curate what we share. Curation used to mean opting in to sharing. You found or did something you thought your audience would care about, and you went to the trouble of sharing it. This worked when we didn’t have so much content at our finger tips, but as more news and media consumption moves online, the friction… Read More

  • When Social Ads Backfire

    When Social Ads Backfire

    The goal of social advertising is to amplify positive word-of-mouth. Ads show that your friend mentioned a company, checked in to a business, or that thousands have +1’d an ad, and you’re more likely to believe the brand’s message and become a customer. But when brands pay to distribute user-generated content, there’s a chance for an epic fail of promoting negative… Read More

  • Financial Times Hits 1M Users On HTML5 Site That Dodges Apple’s Tax

    Financial Times Hits 1M Users On HTML5 Site That Dodges Apple’s Tax

    The newspaper industry is struggling to make ends meet. Mobile could be the solution, but the Apple App Store comes with a 30% tax on the subscriptions that established news outlets depend on. To buck Apple’s tax, London paper Financial Times decided to launch as a HTML5 mobile web app rather than a native app. Now it has proven the HTML5 model can work for news. Today Financial… Read More

  • Thanks To The 7 Deadly Websites, We’re All Sinners

    Thanks To The 7 Deadly Websites, We’re All Sinners

    Sins used to require effort. In biblical times, even sloth meant having to sit around using your imagination. Now, a 1-inch hand gesture is all that separates human kind from the bookmarked sin of choice. The faintest desire for a fix of narcissism sees us pawing through Facebook and Twitter for Likes and retweets. If the task at hand seems daunting, we can hastily retreat to Netflix where… Read More

  • PayPal’s Send Money App, and Why Facebook Never Built P2P Credits Payments

    PayPal’s Send Money App, and Why Facebook Never Built P2P Credits Payments

    PayPal relaunched a peer-to-peer payment Facebook app today that some news outlets are misinterpreting as a partnership between the two companies. I’ve confirmed with Facebook that it’s not. It’s just a standard application on the platform, and Facebook couldn’t really do anything to stop PayPal. But why hasn’t Facebook built its own way for friends to send money… Read More

  • Flirty Turkish Users Propel Social Network Interconnections

    Flirty Turkish Users Propel Social Network Interconnections

    Turkey has been named the most social and most flirtatious country in the world by a new study by social network Tagged. Turks, and specifically Turkish men, sent the most friend requests as well as the most “winks” — a flirty communication method on Tagged similar to the Facebook Poke. The most flirty women on the service were from the U.K. and U.S. Turkish users… Read More