Josh Constine

Josh Constine

Josh Constine is a technology journalist who specializes in deep analysis of social products. He is currently a Senior Writer for TechCrunch.

Previously, Constine was the Lead Writer of Inside Facebook, where he covered Facebook product changes, privacy, ads, ecommerce, games, and music technology.

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.

Josh Constine is an experienced public speaker, and has done on-stage inteviews with Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, AOL CEO Tim Armstrong, Dropbox CEO Drew Houston, SoundCloud CEO Alex Ljung, and Senator Cory Booker. He's been quoted by The Wall Street Journal, CNN Money, The Atlantic, BBC World Magazine, Slate, and more, plus has been featured on television on NBC and Fox News. Constine is available for speaking gigs.

[Disclosures: Josh Constine advises a college friend's social location-sharing startup codenamed 'Signal' that is based in San Francisco. This advising role has been cleared with AOL and TechCrunch's editors. Constine's cousin Darren Lachtman is the founder of Niche, which connects social media stars to sponsorships from brands.]

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  • Snapchat Is Paying Ex-Apple Exec Scott Forstall 0.11% To Be An Advisor

    Snapchat Is Paying Ex-Apple Exec Scott Forstall 0.11% To Be An Advisor

    A leaked email from the Sony Pictures hack indicates Snapchat set aside .11% of its stock for former Apple head of iOS Scott Forstall to be an advisor. Michael Lynton, Sony Pictures’ CEO, is a Snapchat board member, so when his email was stolen by hackers protesting the release of The Interview, sensitive Snapchat information came to light. WikiLeaks recently made those emails easier… Read More

  • Instagram Reinforces Ban On Nudity And Sharing Other People’s Photos

    Instagram Reinforces Ban On Nudity And Sharing Other People’s Photos

    “1. Post your own photos and videos. 2. Keep your clothes on.” These and the rest of Instagram’s rules aren’t changing, but they’re being clarified in an update to its Community Guidelines today. The question will be how far Instagram goes to enforce its ban on sharing what you don’t own the rights to, given that’s some of its most popular content. Read More

  • Airware Launches Its Commercial Drone Operating System

    Airware Launches Its Commercial Drone Operating System

    Drones could save businesses big money by doing dull, dirty, and dangerous jobs much better than humans or helicopters. The problem is that drones can be difficult to program and pilot. Airware is out to change that with today’s launch of its Aerial Information Platform. Commercial businesses can now license Airware’s Flight Core autopilot technology, Ground Control Station for… Read More

  • Twitter Is Pushing Celebrities And Publishers To Stop Using Meerkat

    Twitter Is Pushing Celebrities And Publishers To Stop Using Meerkat

    Twitter is doing whatever it can to help its live video streaming acquisition Periscope beat independent competitor Meerkat. Multiple sources tell TechCrunch that Twitter has been contacting celebrities who use Meerkat, trying to convince them Meerkat is dying and that they should use Periscope instead. Sources also say Twitter has been in touch with media companies that use Meerkat, going… Read More

  • Snapchat Goes Hard At Coachella With New Dynamic Filters

    Snapchat Goes Hard At Coachella With New Dynamic Filters

    Snapchat wants to usurp Instagram as they way to share Coachella Music Festival adventure. So today it revealed a new style of Geofilters that change throughout the day to tell friends what they’re looking at. Rather than just a generic “Coachella” illustration that can be overlaid on photos or videos all day, Snapchat has different ones for each Coachella band that are… Read More

  • Exclusives Screw Music Fans

    Exclusives Screw Music Fans

    Listeners lose when music becomes fragmented. You might like your new on-demand streaming better than CDs, but at least you could buy them in any store. At this rate, no matter who you choose to pay $10 a month, you might not get all the music you want. As each streaming app tries to differentiate itself, they’re signing exclusivity and windowing deals so you can only hear certain songs… Read More

  • Envelop Is Building A Nightclub For Audio Nerds

    We’ve been stuck in stereo for too long. Ambisonics is the future of audio, where sound can come from any direction in a 3D space. But there are few places to listen to this type of music, and it’s even harder for artists to create it. That’s why a team of top-notch engineers are Kickstarting ‘Envelop’, an open source ambisonic music composition platform, and… Read More

  • Periscope Tries To Fix Discovery And Comment Noise

    Periscope Tries To Fix Discovery And Comment Noise

    Periscope got so big so fast that it became hard to find friends’ broadcasts, or make sense of the rapid-fire comments on popular streams. Today, Twitter’s livestream app acquisition tried to address those problems by splitting the “Watch” tab into separate “Friends” and “Global” tabs, so every live broadcast in the world doesn’t drown… Read More

  • Facebook Launches Dedicated Web Interface For Messenger

    Facebook Launches Dedicated Web Interface For Messenger

    Ever try to read a Facebook message on the web and get distracted by your News Feed and notifications? Well now Facebook has a way to let you use Messenger in peace from your web browser. Today it launched Messenger.com as a dedicated chat interface. It’s rolling out worldwide for English users, with support for more languages to come. You can still send messages from Facebook.com as… Read More

  • Twitter Ditches Discover For Descriptions Of What Trending Topics Mean

    Twitter Ditches Discover For Descriptions Of What Trending Topics Mean

    Twitter’s Trending Topics can be confusing. You might have no idea that #NYFW means New York Fashion Week. So today it’s replacing the Discover tab with an enhanced Trends section that includes brief descriptions of what each trending topic is about. For now it’s available to U.S. users in English who have Tailored Trends turned on, but Twitter is experimenting on the web… Read More

  • Genius Now Lets You Annotate Any Web Page, Not Just Rap

    Genius Now Lets You Annotate Any Web Page, Not Just Rap

    Rap Genius was just the first step to fulfilling Marc Andreessen’s Netscape dream of letting people annotate the whole Internet. Today, the lyric explanation startup tries to achieve its destiny with the launch of its new genius.it/ prefix that lets you add annotations to any web page. Just put the prefix before a URL like http://genius.it/techcrunch.com/author/josh-constine , highlight… Read More

  • Find Out Who An Email Address Belongs To With Clearbit

    Find Out Who An Email Address Belongs To With Clearbit

    Is this person important? It can be tough to tell from just an email address, but it’s a critical question for businesses vetting sales leads. Figuring it out usually meant wasting time digging yourself, or working with shady data provider. Clearbit wants to make learning who’s behind an email address or company domain name squeaky clean and super simple. With a $2 million seed… Read More

  • Uber Co-Founder’s Startup ‘Operator’ Will Get You What You Want

    Uber Co-Founder’s Startup ‘Operator’ Will Get You What You Want

    Send an instant message asking for something, and they’ll do the grunt work of placing your order and getting it delivered to you. That’s the idea for Uber co-founder Garret Camp’s new startup Operator that’s still in stealth, according to sources with direct knowledge of the app. You might have heard of a similar startup called Magic that recently blew up. But Magic… Read More

  • Snapchat Replaces “Best Friends” With Friend Emojis, Adds Low-Light Camera

    Snapchat Replaces “Best Friends” With Friend Emojis, Adds Low-Light Camera

    It was always weird that Snapchat exposed who you snapped with most in the “Best Friends” list, so today the app is ditching that for a new private way to see who you’re closest to. Only you will see these new Friend Emojis on your screen of incoming snaps.
    Here’s what Snapchat’s Friend Emojis mean: 💛- Gold Heart – You’re #1 Best Friends –… Read More

  • FacePay?

    FacePay?

    What if buying something was as easy as Liking it? You’d probably buy a lot more, and buy it through whoever made it so damn simple. Becoming that conduit for payments means more than racking up transaction fees. For the portal to purchase influences not just how you buy, but what. Today, purchases are fragmented, and so too is that influence. We buy online and offline. Cash, Credit… Read More

  • Do Something Epic With Everfest’s Festival Finder

    Do Something Epic With Everfest’s Festival Finder

    No one on their death bed says “all the things I could have owned?!” It’s “all the things I could have done?!” The world is shifting from a material culture to an experiential culture. Many of our most prized possessions like photographs and music have become digitized. We now have the Internet to find experiences, devices to capture them, and social networks to… Read More

  • Hudl Scores $72.5M From Accel To Rally Teams To Its Sports Video Coaching Tool

    Hudl Scores $72.5M From Accel To Rally Teams To Its Sports Video Coaching Tool

    You might not have heard of Hudl, but it’s how 100,000 sports teams spent $30 million last year to review game tape on mobile. Hudl never raised institutional funding since starting in 2006, but it’s quietly amassed 1 billion video clips and 3.5 million users across 40 countries. Now it’s ready to trounce its competitors with a jaw-dropping $72.5 million round of funding led… Read More

  • Facebook’s Newest App Riff Lets Friends Add Clips To Collaborative Videos

    Facebook’s Newest App Riff Lets Friends Add Clips To Collaborative Videos

    You could start the next Harlem Shake-style crowdsourced video phenomenon with Facebook’s new app Riff, out today worldwide in 15 languages on iOS and Android. Shoot a video of up to 20 seconds in Riff, and give it a title that instructs others what they should add to it like “Make A Funny Face” or “Birthday Wishes For Johnny” or “Adventures Of Mr. Read More

  • Facebook’s New Photo “Scrapbook” Lets Parents Give Kids An Official Presence

    Facebook’s New Photo “Scrapbook” Lets Parents Give Kids An Official Presence

    For the first time, children under 13 are allowed to have an official presence on Facebook. They still can’t have a profile, but their parents can now tag photos of them (or pet) to create a “Scrapbook.” This lets parents collect photos of their baby, toddler, or pre-teen in a centralized place they can share with friends or loved ones. Scrapbook will first roll out in the U.S. Read More

  • Why Jay-Z’s Music App Tidal Sounds Doomed

    Giving away music is how you get people to pay for it. That might seem crazy, but it’s true, though Jay-Z doesn’t want to listen. He just launched a music streaming service called Tidal with Beyoncé, Daft Punk, Kanye, Arcade Fire, and Rihanna as co-owners contributing exclusive content. The goal is to get artists properly paid. The problem is Tidal subscriptions costs $20… Read More

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