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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  • 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

  • Samsung Denies Apple’s Request For Records Of Service Calls Confusing Their Products

    Samsung Denies Apple’s Request For Records Of Service Calls Confusing Their Products

    “You’re a copycat!” “No, you’re the copycat!” Apple and Samsung have entered the pre-trial discovery period in their dispute over whose smartphones and tablets violate whose  intellectual property. In hopes of securing evidence that even Samsung’s customers mistake its products for iPhones and iPads, Apple has requested that Samsung turn over records… Read More

  • FanBridge’s New Facebook Brand Page Omni-App Combines Functionality From 12 Partners

    FanBridge’s New Facebook Brand Page Omni-App Combines Functionality From 12 Partners

    Facebook Pages can host as many applications as they want, but unfortunately, most visitors never click away from the single default landing tab. To let its brand and band clients offer ecommerce, crowdfunding, music, video, and ticketing all within their default tab, marketing platform FanBridge today launches partnerships with 12 developers. Clients can simultaneously integrate… Read More

  • Social Ad Tech Provider BLiNQ Media Acqhires Looxii Analytics Founders

    Social Ad Tech Provider BLiNQ Media Acqhires Looxii Analytics Founders

    Poaching talent through the “acqhire” model isn’t just for giant consumer-facing web services. BLiNQ Media, provider of social ads tech to agencies including Havas and Starcom, gave us the exclusive news that yesterday it acqhired the founders of social media data and analytics firm Looxii. Daniel Upton and Adam Rice’s company provided search, monitoring, and… Read More

  • Facebook Updates Events, Makes “Not Attending” Less Insulting

    Facebook Updates Events, Makes “Not Attending” Less Insulting

    Rather than have them convince others that your party will suck, Facebook has modified its Event pages to hide people who explicitly decline invitations. You can still find out who couldn’t just be nice and leave the invitation pending by drilling into the renamed “Going”, “Maybe” and “Invited” categories. Facebook’s goal is likely to get more… Read More

  • Swag Of The Month Raises $100K to Subscribe Men to Indie Fashion

    Swag Of The Month Raises $100K to Subscribe Men to Indie Fashion

    Swag. Short for “Swagger”, is what rappers and the youth of today call style. And now you can get it delivered to your door. Swag Of The Month is a new $9 subscription service that lets men receive t-shirts and other clothing items that match their preferences from independent fashion designers. Today it raised a $100,000 Angel round from Quattro Development to legitimize the… Read More

  • Verizon Welcomes Users To The Opt-Out, Ad-Targeting Party

    Verizon Welcomes Users To The Opt-Out, Ad-Targeting Party

    Verizon Wireless finally got around to sending a polite email to customers informing them that everything they do on their phones is now used to target them with ads. Privacy policy changes implemented last month allow it to employ browsing history, search terms, location, app and feature usage, and demographic information it buys from other companies to power targeting. At least Verizon… Read More

  • FanFueled Raises $1M, Challenges Ticketmaster and EventBrite With Referral Rewards

    FanFueled Raises $1M, Challenges Ticketmaster and EventBrite With Referral Rewards

    Ticketmaster screws artists and venues by charging big service fees that scare away customers. Chicago-based FanFueled thinks its time event ticketing and marketing platforms stop gauging and start adding value. That’s why it’s just raised a $1 million seed round led by Listen LLC and angel William Lohse to provide ticketing at 1/3 to a 1/4 of Ticketmaster’s service fee. It… Read More

  • Catch Up On A Day Or Week Of Missed News With Riversip Tech Reader

    Catch Up On A Day Or Week Of Missed News With Riversip Tech Reader

    You go on vacation, spend a day with the kids, buckle down on a project, and suddenly you’re hopelessly behind on tech news. You could scan back through the pages of your favorite sites, but you’d have little way of knowing which stories were most important. Luckily, Israeli developer Briox has developed a data fusion technology that can surface the most relevant content from a… Read More

  • 1 in 6 Job Seekers Found Their Latest Job On A Social Network

    1 in 6 Job Seekers Found Their Latest Job On A Social Network

    Despite LinkedIn’s professional focus, it’s Facebook that’s leading social networks to become a major way people find new jobs. 16% of those unemployed and looking, employed and looking, or employed and open to a new job said “an online social network directly led to finding their current/most recent job”, according to a new Jobvite study. Of these 22.1… Read More

  • Rethink Books Closes $2M Series A To Fund eBook Discovery Apps

    Rethink Books Closes $2M Series A To Fund eBook Discovery Apps

    Rethink Books has just shared with us news that it has closed a $2 million Series A round led by Ambassador Technologies. The Dallas-based Rethink Books will use the funding for product development of apps including FirstChapters, its eBook discovery and purchase platform, and to cultivate relationships with publishing partners. Read More