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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  • 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

  • Americans Trust Tech Companies Most, But Hate Their Exec Bonuses

    Americans Trust Tech Companies Most, But Hate Their Exec Bonuses

    Technology is the most trusted business sector by a large margin, with just 10% ranking tech less trustworthy than other sectors, according to a new Public Affairs Council study conducted by Princeton Survey Research Associates International. Health insurance and pharmaceutical companies are the least trusted. Surprisingly, banks and financial institutions currently under fire from the… Read More

  • 7 Seats? In A Sedan? Tesla’s “Flat-Pack Battery” Model S (TCTV)

    7 Seats? In A Sedan? Tesla’s “Flat-Pack Battery” Model S (TCTV)

    Rear-facing car seats used to come at the expense of the trunk. That’s because a giant combustion engine had to go somewhere. But that was before Tesla invented the “Flat-Pack battery”. Laid along the bottom of the car, the “Flat-Pack” lets Tesla’s new Model S sedan keep the trunk while seating 7 and travelling up to 300 miles on a single charge. Oh, and it… Read More

  • Links Posted By Big Facebook Pages Have A 0.14% CTR, 1 Click Per 1000 Fans

    Links Posted By Big Facebook Pages Have A 0.14% CTR, 1 Click Per 1000 Fans

    The click through rate for links posted to the news feed by Facebook Pages with over 100,000 fans is 0.14%, or 1 click per 715 impressions according to a new study shared with us by analytics provider EdgeRank Checker. They receive 0.00093 clicks per fan, or roughly 1 click per 1000 fans. These figures should give marketers an idea of how many Facebook fans they’ll need to accumulate… Read More

  • Despite Inaccuracy, Vitrue’s Twitter Tool Integrates Klout Scores

    Despite Inaccuracy, Vitrue’s Twitter Tool Integrates Klout Scores

    “Klout is sort of a pass/fail. It’s almost not relevant whether someone’s a 70, 90, or 40, because it’s different than a 10.” says brand presence management platform Vitrue’s Director of Product John Nolt. Despite these suspicions about the exact accuracy of the influence scoring system, Vitrue today launches a Twitter moderation tool with a deep Klout… Read More

  • Following Founder’s Passing, Diaspora Opens Redesigned Alpha To Invitees

    Following Founder’s Passing, Diaspora Opens Redesigned Alpha To Invitees

    Diaspora sent out a new round of invites to a redesigned alpha version of its open source social network today. The invites came just before the saddening news broke that 22 year old founder Ilya Zhitomirskiy had recently passed away. Since it first administered invites a year ago, the service has launched hashtag following, direct messages, status update Like buttons, a notifications… Read More

  • WTF
    WhereIsTheCool.com: A Lazier Pinterest for Men

    WhereIsTheCool.com: A Lazier Pinterest for Men

    With its pink and white color scheme and emphasis on self expression, Pinterest has found a rapidly growing audience of women, and investors are lining up. But guys might not find content for them on Pinterest’s home page. Hell, even its Cars & Motorcycles channel is filled with hot pink Hummer limos. Enter WhereIsTheCool.com, a black and red site of photos showing off the lifestyle… Read More

  • Peter Thiel Says He Looks For Platforms Big Amongst Small Businesses, Not Consumers

    Peter Thiel Says He Looks For Platforms Big Amongst Small Businesses, Not Consumers

    While plenty of platforms can go viral with consumers, VC idol Peter Thiel said today that he’s impressed by platforms adding legions of small businesses. Speaking at the annual conference of electronic medical record platform Practice Fusion, Thiel explained “High paid sales people can get big companies, mass marketing can get consumers, but it’s difficult to get small… Read More

  • Practice Fusion, #1 in EMR With 25M Electronic Medical Records, Debuts iPad App

    Practice Fusion, #1 in EMR With 25M Electronic Medical Records, Debuts iPad App

    With great power comes great responsibility, and in few places is that more true than the healthtech industry. Practice Fusion is the leading provider of electronic medical records, now helping 130,000 doctors to track records for 25 million patients, the company’s CEO Ryan Howard told me today. That’s over 3x the EMRs hosted by Kaiser Permanente or the VA. Practice Fusion is free… Read More

  • 1% Of Nothing Launches To Get Startups Donating Equity

    1% Of Nothing Launches To Get Startups Donating Equity

    Shervin Pishevar and Matt Galligan have just formally announced the beta launch of their new organization 1% of Nothing. It’s aimed at inspiring early-stage companies to donate 1% of their equity to a cause of their choice. The idea is that startups pledge 1% when that equity may be worth nothing, but if they’re acquired, that 1% becomes a significant donation. Starting today… Read More

  • Nest To Ship 1st Batch Of Sold-Out Smart Thermostats Tomorrow

    Nest To Ship 1st Batch Of Sold-Out Smart Thermostats Tomorrow

    The initial run of of Nest’s artificial intelligence thermostats will be shipped out to pre-orderers tomorrow, said Nest founder and CEO Tony Fadell at GigaOm’s RoadMap conference today. Previously the company had said they wouldn’t ship until the end of November. Users are so desperate for the home heating revolution that the devices have sold out and are back ordered. Read More

  • Facebook Settles With FTC To Make New Privacy Changes Opt-In

    Facebook Settles With FTC To Make New Privacy Changes Opt-In

    Facebook has reached an agreement with the FTC to make all future changes to privacy settings opt-in, presumably including new features with their own privacy controls. The Wall Street Journal wrote that the social network was nearing a settlement on the issue and now its Marketplace editor Dennis K. Berman says that settlement is for new privacy controls to be opt in. The agreement could… Read More

  • Pandora CTO Reveals Half of The U.S. Pays $0 For Music

    Pandora CTO Reveals Half of The U.S. Pays $0 For Music

    Today at GigaOm’s RoadMap conference in San Francisco, Pandora CTO Tom Conrad revealed that his company aims to monetize the vast majority of listeners who pay little or nothing per year for music. Conrad explained that “Over half of the U.S. doesn’t pay anything for music each year”. He continued that another 40% of the population only pay about $15 a year, the cost of… Read More

  • Tidal Gets Your Blog Post On The Sites Of Big Brands and Publishers

    Tidal Gets Your Blog Post On The Sites Of Big Brands and Publishers

    Amateur bloggers want exposure, while publishers and brands want cheap content they can monetize. Tidal launches today with hopes of connecting the two. Bloggers signup, and Tidal’s licensable content curation platform pulls out the best posts that match what its clients are looking for. These posts are delivered to the editors of apps and sites like Zagat’s Fork and Tell… Read More

  • Become An Artist With Mixel’s Remixable iPad Collage App

    Become An Artist With Mixel’s Remixable iPad Collage App

    Mixel is a new iPad app that just hit the App Store, but it’s also a new art medium. Mixel allows users to assemble collages by manipulating images pulled from their device, Facebook photos, and Bing search. It’s different from glue and paper cut-outs and existing collage apps, though, because every finished Mixel creation is publicly available for other users to pick apart, remix… Read More