Josh Constine

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  • A Rant About Why Twitter’s Past Failures Make It Nearly Unfixable

    Twitter had a terrible, horrible, no good very bad earnings day, and unfortunately, the only thing that might save it is a time machine. The company announced that it saw zero growth in its total user count. Excluding SMS-only users, it actually declined from 307 million to 305 million users. That’s despite it launching and buying expensive TV commercials promoting Moments, which was… Read More

  • Twitter Plans Changes To @Replies And Other Confusing Rules

    Twitter Plans Changes To @Replies And Other Confusing Rules

    Twitter can be an incredibly confusing service for new and existing users, and Twitter says it’s now planning to address some rules that might make it unwieldy. In the company’s letter to shareholders, Twitter said that changes were coming to rules like the @reply and the .@name syntax. We don’t know what that looks like just yet, but that the company plans to address that… Read More

  • Twitter’s Monthly User Count Actually Shrunk If You Exclude SMS

    Twitter’s Monthly User Count Actually Shrunk If You Exclude SMS

    It was bad enough that Twitter’s total user count is stuck at 320 million with zero growth this quarter. But if you don’t count “SMS Fast Followers”, or people that only use Twitter via text message and don’t see ads, its monthly user count went down from 307 million to 305 million monthly active users in Q4. In the U.S., Twitter’s total monthly user count… Read More

  • Twitter’s User Growth Goes Nowhere As It Meets Revenue Expectations Of $710M

    Twitter’s User Growth Goes Nowhere As It Meets Revenue Expectations Of $710M

    Twitter today reported its fourth-quarter earnings — one of the most important quarters of the company’s history — and basically fell flat on its face. Twitter’s monthly active user growth, on a quarterly basis, was flat, compared to a slight jump that what analysts were expecting. Last quarter, the company had 320 million monthly active users, and this quarter was… Read More

  • Feeling Loved Without Followers

    Feeling Loved Without Followers

    Here’s why Twitter’s new algorithmically sorted timeline announced today could solve its growth problem: For many people, especially new users, Twitter feels like yelling into a black hole. They just don’t have that many followers. Their tweets are met with dead air. It’s disheartening… Read More

  • Oculus-Ready PC Bundles From ASUS, Alienware, Dell Pre-Sell For $1499 Next Week

    Oculus-Ready PC Bundles From ASUS, Alienware, Dell Pre-Sell For $1499 Next Week

    Oculus wants to make it easy to get everything you need to dive into virtual reality. Thanks to team-ups with ASUS, Alienware, and Dell, Oculus will open pre-sales of Oculus-ready PC bundles starting at $1499 on February 16th at 8am PST. Buying as a bundle gets people a $100 to $200 discount on the PCs. The bundles include an Oculus Rift, a gaming PC powerful enough to run it, motion sensors… Read More

  • LiveLike’s VR Spectator App Wins The 1st And Future Bringing Home The Game Category

    LiveLike’s VR Spectator App Wins The 1st And Future Bringing Home The Game Category

    Virtual reality, body cameras, and the Internet Of Things are poised to change the way we watch sports. Today we saw how at TechCrunch’s 1st And Future startup competition held at the Stanford Graduate School of Business. The home viewing category winner, LiveLike, lets you watch games in virtual reality from multiple angles. The contest featured twelve finalists competing in three… Read More

  • You Misunderstand Foursquare. It’s comScore, Not Instagram

    You Misunderstand Foursquare. It’s comScore, Not Instagram

    Foursquare is not a consumer social app business, it’s a data company. And only when it admitted that to itself and revalued as such was it able to pull in more capital and keep chugging. Today at LA’s Upfront Summit, Foursquare’s lead investor from Union Square Ventures Fred Wilson stuck up for the startup while trying to make people understand how it’s… Read More

  • Western Union Brings Money Transfer And Its Tricky Fees To Chat Apps

    Western Union Brings Money Transfer And Its Tricky Fees To Chat Apps

    Remittance has always been a shady business. Migrant workers need to send money they earn home to their families, but get hit with fine print fees so less cash comes out the other side than they might assume. Remittance companies earn extra by keeping the margin between their own made up exchange rate and the real one. Western Union is the best known remittance company, with 500,000… Read More

  • Facebook Celebrates Turning 12 With “Friends Day” Videos

    Facebook Celebrates Turning 12 With “Friends Day” Videos

    Now Facebook has its own holiday it calls “Friends Day.” On February 4th, the social network turns 12 years old. But in typical self-less Zuckerberg fashion, Mark said “rather than having this birthday that focuses on us, we should make sure that the world focuses on what’s important.” Namely, its users. So today Facebook is sending everyone a Friends Day video… Read More

  • Instagram Extends Video Ads To 60 Seconds To Score TV Dollars

    Instagram Extends Video Ads To 60 Seconds To Score TV Dollars

    Instagram today announced that it began running its first 60-second video ads, starting with T-Mobile and Warner Brothers. Until now, the maximum length for video ads was 30 seconds, already longer than the 15-second videos users are allowed to post. Instagram tells me that “We recognize that advertisers have a variety of creative resources and want to bring more choice to help them… Read More

  • Image Recognition Invades Shopping As Curalate Raises $27.5M

    Image Recognition Invades Shopping As Curalate Raises $27.5M

    Pinterest. Instagram. Tumblr. The future of the web is visual, but how does anyone make money on that? By understanding what’s in the images people post and connecting them to where you can buy what you see. That’s Curalate’s job. The image recognition marketing startup just raised $27.5 million led by NEA, bringing it to $40 million in total funding. Read More

  • Facebook Learns To Make Money Where There Isn’t Much

    Facebook Learns To Make Money Where There Isn’t Much

    $0.32. That’s the tiny amount Facebook used to earn off each user in the developing world at the beginning of 2012. It was understandable. Many of the citizens of India, Brazil, and Mexico don’t have a lot… Read More

  • Post-Morin, Path Gets Chatty

    Post-Morin, Path Gets Chatty

    Korea’s Kakao is making a big change to Path eight months after acquiring the social app. Path people can now message each other inside the app, rather than having to open the separate Path Talk app. It could be a move to invigorate users, and streamline the product. While building an entire companion app for chat worked for Facebook, splintering users between Path and Path Talk might… Read More

  • To Fight Clickbait, Facebook’s Feed Prioritizes What Surveys Say

    To Fight Clickbait, Facebook’s Feed Prioritizes What Surveys Say

    Until now, Facebook ranked stories in News Feed with an emphasis on what you click, Like, comment on and share. But thanks to insights from new qualitative surveys where users gave each feed story one to five stars, Facebook is now leaning heavily on a second signal — what you want to see. That could reduce the visibility of stories with sensational headlines, or that overtly beckon you… Read More

  • Snapchat Challenges Twitter And Facebook For Sports Talk

    Snapchat Challenges Twitter And Facebook For Sports Talk

    Possession wins trophies or, in this case, ad dollars. That’s why Snapchat stepped up its game late last year by quietly partnering with Stats.com. Now TechCrunch has learned that Snapchat has rolled new Live Score geofilters at every NBA arena and some other matches. They let anyone attending overlay real-time updated score graphics atop their photos and videos. Just last week, Live… Read More

  • Facebook Shutters Its Parse Developer Platform

    Facebook Shutters Its Parse Developer Platform

    Here’s a surprise: Facebook is closing its Parse developer platform. After acquiring the service, which at the time mostly focused on mobile developers, for a reported $85 million in 2013, Facebook turned Parse into one of its key developer services. Read More

  • Apple Pay Is Coming To ATMs From Bank Of America And Wells Fargo

    Apple Pay Is Coming To ATMs From Bank Of America And Wells Fargo

    Both Bank Of America and Wells Fargo are working on integrating Apple Pay into their ATMs, according to a source familiar with the teams on the projects. Engineers at both companies have been placed on multi-month assignments to build the Apple Pay options. I’ve confirmed the identity of at least one engineer who publicly lists themselves as a Bank Of America employee. Wells… Read More

  • Facebook Takes On Periscope By Giving Live Streaming To All U.S. iPhoners

    Facebook Takes On Periscope By Giving Live Streaming To All U.S. iPhoners

    Get ready for the big Live streaming showdown. Finally we’ll see who’s approach wins: Twitter and Periscope with a separate app and replays that can only be watched for 24 hours, or Facebook Live with its feature integrated into the popular social network and allowing replays to live on permanently. After 5 months of tweaks and slow rollouts, today Facebook is opening its Live… Read More

  • Snapchat Makes Adding People Way Easier With Profile URLs

    Snapchat Makes Adding People Way Easier With Profile URLs

    Snapchat is ready to colonize the web with profile URLs that deeplink into its app and let you instantly follow someone. That makes it simple to add friends and celebrities so you fill your feed with content that keeps you coming back. By swiping down from the Snapchat camera to the profile screen, hitting ‘Add Friends’, and then selecting ‘Share Username’, you can… Read More

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