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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  • Virtual Currency and Pay Per View 2.0: World Series Of Beer Pong To Stream On Facebook

    Virtual Currency and Pay Per View 2.0: World Series Of Beer Pong To Stream On Facebook

    In Facebook’s early days the company planned a national beer pong tournament, but then cancelled it out of fear it would promote underage drinking. Tomorrow, that dream will be revived in a new way when social video and ecommerce company Milyoni streams The World Series of Beer Pong through its Facebook app. For 50 Facebook Credits/$5 PayPal pre-sale or 70/$7 once the games begin… Read More

  • Keep The Spark Alive With BeCouply’s Epic Date Night Subscription Service

    Keep The Spark Alive With BeCouply’s Epic Date Night Subscription Service

    Imagine a candlelit dinner, a private art gallery tour, and round-trip black car service for you and your significant other. Now imagine how nice it’d be if you didn’t have to plan any of that awesome date. BeCouply is a new subscription service for couples where each month they get a unique, all-inclusive date set up for them. It’s like ShoeDazzle for romantic experiences. Read More

  • Google Blames Paid Link Policy Violation On Agency Unruly, Which Blames Sponsored Blogger

    Google Blames Paid Link Policy Violation On Agency Unruly, Which Blames Sponsored Blogger

    A blogger paid to publish a Chrome video is responsible for violating Google policy, not Google or its ad agency Unruly Media that sponsored the post. However, Google says it never authorized Unruly to run a sponsored blog post campaign in the first place. Yesterday we covered that Google was sponsoring bloggers to post a Chrome video, but that at least one post linked directly to the… Read More

  • WTF
    Updated: Google May Have Violated Its Own Paid Link Policy With Chrome Promo Campaign

    Updated: Google May Have Violated Its Own Paid Link Policy With Chrome Promo Campaign

    Google appears to have paid bloggers to write about Chrome in a way that violates its own paid link policy, according to Search Engine Land. If Google applied a similar penalty to those it’s doled out to past violators, the Chrome download page would be removed from its search engine results for between a month and a year. Don’t bet on that happening, though. The campaign is… Read More

  • 6 Big HealthTech Ideas That Will Change Medicine In 2012

    6 Big HealthTech Ideas That Will Change Medicine In 2012

    “In the future we might not prescribe drugs all the time, we might prescribe apps.” Singularity University’s executive director of FutureMed Daniel Kraft M.D. sat down with me to discuss the biggest emerging trends in HealthTech. Here we’ll look at how A.I, big data, 3D printing, social health networks and other new technologies will help you get better medical care. Read More

  • Could ‘Watched On’ Facebook News Feed Stories Save Netflix?

    Could ‘Watched On’ Facebook News Feed Stories Save Netflix?

    After a disastrous Q3 2011, Netflix stands to replace some of the 800,000 subscribers it lost. It’s savior? The Facebook news feed. Earlier this month, the House of Representatives passed a revised bill to change the Video Privacy Protection Act of 1988 to allow people to opt in to having their movie rental activity shared. This Act had delayed the Netflix Facebook app‘s launch in… Read More

  • Update: Facebook Officially Releases “Messenger For Windows” Desktop Client Following Leak

    Update: Facebook Officially Releases “Messenger For Windows” Desktop Client Following Leak

    [Update 12/29/2011 5:20pm: Facebook tells me it has now made the Messenger for Windows download link publicly available in its Help Center. Users can also learn details about the client there. Still no sign of a Mac version, though.] The client includes notifications and the Ticker which link back to Facebook.com, and therefore could drive engagement with the website. Messenger could also… Read More

  • Good Luck Occupiers, But Here’s Why “Facebook For Protesters” Won’t Work

    Good Luck Occupiers, But Here’s Why “Facebook For Protesters” Won’t Work

    Members of the Occupy movement are building a “Facebook for protesters” called The Global Square, Wired reported yesterday. Less than a traditional social network, it’s an international collaboration network. While a valiant effort, I see 3 big problems with the project’s concept that will limit its success and impact. Read More

  • Find Out Which Brands Are Winning On Google+ With ZoomSphere (Hint: Android is #1)

    Find Out Which Brands Are Winning On Google+ With ZoomSphere (Hint: Android is #1)

    Facebook has AppData, Twitter has Twitaholic, and now Google+ has its own independent brand page rankings site: ZoomSphere. It shows which brands have the most followers, activity, +1s, shares, and comments, and slice the data by time, page category, and country. Oddly, the site doesn’t rank user profiles like SocialStatistics does — just brand pages. Still, by augmenting its… Read More

  • Taleo’s Recruiting Solution Processed 15% of Last Year’s US Hires

    Taleo’s Recruiting Solution Processed 15% of Last Year’s US Hires

    Other than Salesforce, no cloud SaaS provider handles more transactions than Taleo. The stats the company revealed to me about its 2011 are staggering. The Taleo talent and recruitment solution helped enterprises hire 3.1 million people, roughly 15% of the year’s US hires. It had 50 to 60 million visitors to the job listing sites and other services it powers. Bootstrapped but now… Read More

  • For Google+, User Count Is A Journey Not A Race

    For Google+, User Count Is A Journey Not A Race

    That’s a good thing because Google+ missed the starting gun. And its “invite only” launch strategy saw all its disconnect users flailing independently. But in the long run that might not matter much, because Google+ doesn’t need a critical mass or tons of engagement. It needs signups so it can get its identity layer under users of its other products. That way it can… Read More

  • Find Your Stolen Camera or Protect It First With GadgetTrak’s CameraTrace

    Find Your Stolen Camera or Protect It First With GadgetTrak’s CameraTrace

    If you got a digital camera for the holidays, or already own one, take a moment and write down the serial number. That way GadgetTrak’s new CameraTrace service can help you recover it if it’s ever stolen. Launching today, for a one-time fee of $10 CameraTrace lets you register your camera’s serial number. If you later report it lost or stolen, you’ll be notified by… Read More

  • TechGrinch Was Not Impressed By Google’s “Jingle Bells” Doodle

    TechGrinch Was Not Impressed By Google’s “Jingle Bells” Doodle

    When I visited Google.com this morning, I was as excited as the kids sprinting from bed to tree. But all I found was a lump of sonic coal. Oh joy, after months of Christmas music, I get to hear a crummy elevator music version of “Jingle Bells” one more time? *sigh* But wait, is it a game where I guess how to play the song on the colored keys? No. Read More

  • Gratitude Scales. Take A Few Seconds To Say “I Love You”

    Gratitude Scales. Take A Few Seconds To Say “I Love You”

    Tell someone they’re special, remind them you care, share a memory, say “I love you” — it’s easier than ever. Thanks to mobile devices and social networks, love is becoming more scalable. Tweet or status update how you’re thankful for their friendship. Text, Skype, message, or email how their support has meant the world to you. Wall post, @reply, +1, upvote… Read More

  • 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