Josh Constine

Josh Constine is a technology journalist who specializes in deep analysis of social products. He is currently an Editor-At-Large 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 advised a college friend’s social location-sharing startup codenamed ‘Signal’ that was based in San Francisco before dissolving in 2015. This advising role was 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, and was acquired by Twitter. Constine has personal relationships stemming from college housing with founders at Skybox Imaging (now Terra Bella), Hustle, Snapchat, and Robinhood. Constine occasionally does paid speaking engagements at conferences funded by companies he does not cover. Constine owns a position in Ethereum cryptocurrency.]

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  • Quora tests video answers to steal Q&A from YouTube

    Quora tests video answers to steal Q&A from YouTube

    Newly-minted unicorn Quora has even bigger ambitions than text questions-and-answers. And it’s not going to let video giants or startups disrupt its future. This week Quora began testing video answers, because sometimes it’s a lot easier to show someone how something works, the best way to complete a task, or why one thing is better than another than try to write it out for them. Read More

  • Instagram Location Stories appear in Explore. Is Story Search coming?

    Instagram Location Stories appear in Explore. Is Story Search coming?

    It’s taking Instagram less and less time to copy Snapchat. Less than two months after Snapchat launched its Stories Search feature for seeing what’s going on at a location or related to a topic, Instagram is rolling out Location Stories to its Explore page. Read More

  • Away nears 100K stylish suitcases sold as it raises $20M

    Away nears 100K stylish suitcases sold as it raises $20M

    What do people actually want in luggage? A phone charger, unbreakable exterior, and maximum packing space at a resonable price is what Away discovered. So it built a line of sleek but expansive polycarbonite suitcases equipped with battery packs, and sold them direct-to-consumer. Now after selling nearly 100,000 suitcases and generating $20 million in revenue, Away has raised a $20 million… Read More

  • Facebook, Messenger and Instagram unite with cross-app notifications

    Facebook, Messenger and Instagram unite with cross-app notifications

    Facebook’s family of apps are moving in together. Facebook, Messenger and Instagram are each testing a feature that shows notification counters from the other apps and lets you instantly switch between them. Read More

  • Patreon doubles in a year to 1M paying patrons and 50K creators

    Patreon doubles in a year to 1M paying patrons and 50K creators

    Patreon’s novel idea of fans just directly paying the artists they love is having its hockey stick moment. Patreon tells TechCrunch that in a year, it’s doubled the number of monthly active paying patrons to 1 million, and the number of active creators to 50,000. It’s now on track to pay out $150 million to creators in 2017. Read More

  • Facebook feed change fights clickbait post by post in 9 more languages

    Facebook feed change fights clickbait post by post in 9 more languages

    Facebook’s leverage over news publishers can be worrisome, but today it’s putting its muscle to good use. The social network is bringing its battle against clickbait abroad, getting more precise about which link headlines it downranks in News Feed, and starting to demote individual posts instead of just web domains and Facebook Pages. The updates are part of a News Feed… Read More

  • Slack adds screen sharing two years after acquiring Screenhero

    Slack adds screen sharing two years after acquiring Screenhero

    For when a screen shot just won’t cut it, Slack’s paid users can now share live video of their screens during video calls. The addition of the feature comes a slow two years after Slack bought Screenhero, a startup that offered enterprise screenshare, in a cash-and-stock deal for its tech and six employees. The feature will roll out on Slack’s latest Mac and Windows apps over… Read More

  • Instagram on copying Snapchat: “This is the way the tech industry works”

    Instagram on copying Snapchat: “This is the way the tech industry works”

    “I think it would frankly be silly of us if we were to say “Oh see that good idea over there that’s actually fulfilling a need people have to share more moments of their life, oh because one person did that we can’t even go near that idea.” That’s Instagram’s VP of Product Kevin Weil’s perspective about cloning Snapchat. He’s the man in… Read More

  • Instagram tests Location Stories

    Instagram tests Location Stories

    Instagram wants to let you see everything going on somewhere right now. TechCrunch has discovered that Instagram is testing a new Location Stories feature that compiles publicly shared Instagram Stories posts tagged with a location sticker. Users can then visit that business, landmark or place’s Instagram page and watch a slideshow Story of posts from there shared by strangers they… Read More

  • Instagram launches selfie filters, copying the last big Snapchat feature

    Instagram launches selfie filters, copying the last big Snapchat feature

    Today Instagram Stories adds a more subtle and mature but error-prone copycat of Snapchat’s beloved augmented reality selfie filters. The eight initial “face filters,” as Instagram calls them, work exactly like Snapchat, and let you add virtual koala ears, nerd glasses, a butterfly crown or wrinkle-smooth makeup to yourself and friends in photos or videos. Read More

  • Sunrise gives mental health patients AI-guarded group chat

    Sunrise gives mental health patients AI-guarded group chat

    Between therapy sessions, mental health patients can feel alone. Sunrise Health is a new startup aiming to improve mental healthcare by combining the constant support of group chat, the openness afforded by anonymity, the guidance of professional therapists and the safeguard of artificial intelligence watching for abuse and emergencies. Read More

  • Facebook cracks down on fake live videos

    Facebook cracks down on fake live videos

    Facebook is banning misleading uses of its Live video format. The company tells TechCrunch that it’s adding a section to its Live API Facebook Platform Policy that reads “Don’t use the API to publish only images (ex: don’t publish static, animated, or looping images), or to live-stream polls associated with unmoving or ambient broadcasts.” Read More

  • Val.ai lets self-driving cars bid for parking spots

    Val.ai lets self-driving cars bid for parking spots

    Where will self-driving cars go once they drop you off? In big cities, parking can be expensive and take forever to find. But TechCrunch Disrupt NY hackathon team Val.ai built a way for autonomous vehicles to participate in auctions for nearby parking spaces. Read More

  • Facebook Groups can now screen new members with a questionnaire

    Facebook Groups can now screen new members with a questionnaire

    Facebook is making good on Mark Zuckerberg’s promise to build community by improving admin tools for Facebook Groups. Now Group admins can establish up to three questions for people requesting to join their Group to answer. This lets admins screen potential members to ensure they’re the right fit for the group and will add constructively to the discussion, not just spam or troll… Read More

  • Truepic fights photo fraud on apps like Tinder and Airbnb

    Truepic fights photo fraud on apps like Tinder and Airbnb

    “Is that what they really look like?” “Did they Photoshop the pics of the house we’re renting?” “Is this actually what I’m buying or just a photo ripped off the Internet?” These are the questions Truepic wants to answer with the startup’s photo verification technology. Today Truepic unveils its SDK for embedding its tech in other products… Read More

  • Snap earned $8.3M on Spectacles ‘and other revenue’ in Q1, $4.5M in Q4

    Snap earned $8.3M on Spectacles ‘and other revenue’ in Q1, $4.5M in Q4

    Snapchat won’t say exactly how many Spectacles its sold, but it did admit today that the “Other revenue” category that’s mostly from Spectacles brought in around $4.5 million in revenue in Q4 2016, and over $8.3 million in revenue in Q1 2017. Read More

  • Snap is the new stubborn, slow-growing Twitter

    Snap is the new stubborn, slow-growing Twitter

    Twitter fell apart in 2013 when its growth slowed significantly in the face of competition and copying from Facebook, and users found it too hard to find the best content due to its unsorted reverse chronological feed. Its share price fell 18 percent a quarter later as the growth troubles continued. Snapchat fell apart today when its growth slowed significantly in the face of competition… Read More

  • Snapchat hits a disappointing 166M daily users, growing only slightly faster

    Snapchat hits a disappointing 166M daily users, growing only slightly faster

    Snap’s growth rate increased just a little in Q1 2017 — a bad start to its first quarterly earnings report since going public. Snap hit 166 million daily active users at a growth rate of 5 percent, compared to the 158 million DAUs it had in Q4. Snap shares fell more than 24 percent in after-hours trading as investors fled, seeing its long-term potential diminished by its growth… Read More

  • Facebook downranks News Feed links to crappy sites smothered in ads

    Facebook downranks News Feed links to crappy sites smothered in ads

    Facebook will bury links to low-quality websites and refuse to carry ads pointing to them in a News Feed algorithm change announced today. Facebook defines a “low-quality site” as one “containing little substantive content, and that is covered in disruptive, shocking or malicious ads.” Read More

  • Snapchat’s new eraser lets you ‘Photoshop’ stuff out of photos

    Snapchat’s new eraser lets you ‘Photoshop’ stuff out of photos

    It’s Snapchat’s turn to copy Instagram while also staying one step ahead of its competitor. Today Snapchat launched a slew of new creative tools, several of which mimic Instagram’s features. But Snapchat’s new option to let users erase real-world objects from their photos shows it’s still pioneering the visual communication format. Read More

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