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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  • Google+ Now Lets You Conference People Into Hangouts With Free Voice Calls

    Google+ Now Lets You Conference People Into Hangouts With Free Voice Calls

    Hangouts could be the new way to conference call. Google employee Jarkko Oikarinen has just announced that free voice calls to people in the US and Canada can now be made from within Hangouts with extras. This means people no longer have to be by a computer, or even have a Google account to join a G+ video chat. You just call them up and their voice can be heard by anyone in the Hangout, and… Read More

  • Facebook Ups Character Limit to 60,000, Google+’s Is Still Bigger

    Facebook Ups Character Limit to 60,000, Google+’s Is Still Bigger

    There’s a pissing contest going on. Google+ launched saying it has no character limit, though my tests show it stops publishing at 100,000. Surely unrelated, Facebook upped its limit from 500 to 5,000 in September, and today announced its limit is now over 60,000. That’s 1/9th the length of a novel. This gives users the flexibility to write full-fledged blog posts or even… Read More

  • Spotify Fixes Discovery With Apps From Last.fm, Rolling Stone, Songkick, and More

    Spotify Fixes Discovery With Apps From Last.fm, Rolling Stone, Songkick, and More

    All the world’s music and no way to figure out what to listen to next. This was the problem with Spotify until today. Its flimsy What’s New and Top Lists discovery channels showed you what’s popular, but there was no way to learn about artists or get recommendations from experts. And the radio feature? Ugh, it followed a great track by UK indie rockers The XX with a 10 year… Read More

  • 100Plus Raises $1.25M From Greylock and Band Of Angels To Make You Live Longer

    100Plus Raises $1.25M From Greylock and Band Of Angels To Make You Live Longer

    Less than a month after securing $500K from Founders Fund, health prediction service 100Plus has brought its funding up to $1.25 million. The new $750K in funding comes from Reid Hoffman and John Lilly via Greylock Partners’ Discovery Fund, Aydin Senkut of Felicis Ventures, and Ian Sobieski and Nicola Corzine via Band Of Angels’ Acorn Fund. The plan for the money? Developing the… Read More

  • How Neustar Plans To Make UltraViolet DRM Work, With or Without Apple (TCTV)

    How Neustar Plans To Make UltraViolet DRM Work, With or Without Apple (TCTV)

    There’s a lot of skepticism about the the success potential of UltraViolet, a new cloud based digital distribution format designed to make digital rights management work across devices. That’s because people hate DRM, but also because the standard currently lacks support Amazon and iTunes, the two biggest digital video sellers and renters. I wanted the real story on where… Read More

  • Parenting Fills Facebook’s Most Shared Articles of 2011 List

    Parenting Fills Facebook’s Most Shared Articles of 2011 List

    Articles about natural disasters and parenting advice from CNN, Yahoo! News, the New York Times, and Huffington Post topped Facebook’s new list of the most shared articles of 2011. Facebook measured which articles were Liked, Shared, or copy and pasted into the social network and found that subjects such as “Parents, don’t dress your girls like tramps” and… Read More

  • Facebook’s Settlement With FTC Confirmed: Privacy Changes Must Be Opt In – UPDATED

    Facebook’s Settlement With FTC Confirmed: Privacy Changes Must Be Opt In – UPDATED

    Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg just issued a statement on the Facebook Blog confirming that his company has settled with the FTC over charges that it has violated user privacy over the years. Facebook is now “required to obtain consumers’ affirmative express consent before enacting changes that override their privacy preferences”, effectively making opt in all future… Read More

  • Why Greedy Stockholders and A $100 Billion IPO Could Hurt Facebook

    Why Greedy Stockholders and A $100 Billion IPO Could Hurt Facebook

    Facebook will IPO in April or June 2012, right on time with our prediction and when it would need to start filing public financial reports, according the the Wall Street Journal. The outlet’s sources say Facebook could raise $10 billion at a $100 billon valuation, and hasn’t chosen which banks to go with yet. But is this the right move? To date, Facebook has been conservative… Read More

  • Flockified’s Group Invite / Planning App Helps Ticket Sites Boost Sales

    Flockified’s Group Invite / Planning App Helps Ticket Sites Boost Sales

    When 90% of people discover an event they might want to buy tickets for, they leave the purchase funnel as they try to convince friends to join them. This group decision process is clumsy, and poor retention reduces sales for promoters. Helsinki startup GigsWiz addresses these problems today with the beta launch of Flockafied, a Facebook app that makes it easy to poll friends about buying… Read More

  • Return Visit-Aware: The Future Of Content Streams That Know What You’ve Consumed

    Return Visit-Aware: The Future Of Content Streams That Know What You’ve Consumed

    When someone you haven’t seen in a while asks you “What’s up?” or “How are you?”, you probably give them a high-level summary of the major life events from the months since you last spoke. When you speak to someone you see frequently, you probably respond to the same questions with close-up, specific descriptions of your activities over past few days. Read More

  • 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