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 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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  • How Seesaw accidentally became a teacher’s pet at 1/4 of US schools

    How Seesaw accidentally became a teacher’s pet at 1/4 of US schools

    Seesaw’s educational app lets students save and share their assignments with their teachers, parents, and fellow classmates. They just snap a photo or video, draw, or write. But rather than just the finished product, students can add audio narration or doodled annotation to show how they got there. This lets teachers identify where students went wrong when they make mistakes. Seesaw… Read More

  • Twitter quietly launches tags to location feeds with Foursquare

    Twitter quietly launches tags to location feeds with Foursquare

    Location feeds linked to from these tags could inspire people to tweet more while out and about, fuel Moments about particular places, and improve Twitter’s ad targeting data. Better location functionality could be an important building block for Twitter’s future products and revenue potential. [Update: What’s new is that specific location tags now appear in the main… Read More

  • Instagram personalizes Explore videos with “Picked For You” channel

    Instagram personalizes Explore videos with “Picked For You” channel

    Snapchat Discover, meet Instagram “Picked For You”. Today Instagram is launching a new way to see the best videos from topics you personally love. “Picked for You” lives in the Explore tab, and each day will show you a ream of videos from one of over 20 channels based on topics Instagram thinks you’re interested in. But these aren’t your average channels… Read More

  • At Disrupt SF, Facebook’s Chief Messenger David Marcus will chat about chat

    At Disrupt SF, Facebook’s Chief Messenger David Marcus will chat about chat

    Will voice replace our thumbs? Will brands drown out our friends? Are chatbots the future if nobody wants them? TechCrunch Disrupt SF will get the answers from David Marcus, Facebook’s head of Messenger. Get your tickets to see him live on stage Sept 12th to 14th. Formerly the founder of mobile payments company Zong, Marcus became the president of PayPal after his startup was acquired. Read More

  • Elon Musk’s Tesla offers to acquire Elon Musk’s SolarCity for $2.8B

    Elon Musk’s Tesla offers to acquire Elon Musk’s SolarCity for $2.8B

    The great Elon Musk empire is uniting. Today his electric car and battery company Tesla announced its offer to acquire his solar panel installation company SolarCity. Together the companies could allow you to outfit your home with solar panels that power a giant battery for everything inside, as well as your electric car. The deal still has to be approved by SolarCity and its board. If it… Read More

  • Never leave Slack with message button bots for using Kayak, Trello, and more

    Never leave Slack with message button bots for using Kayak, Trello, and more

    Now you can approve expenses, assign deadlines, check flights, and interact with other enterprise tools from inside Slack with its new Message Buttons. Slack is vying to become your always-open portal to work with the biggest update to its API since its December launch. For example, just type “/kayak flights from NYC to BOS on 6/23” and you’ll get shown flight options with… Read More

  • Squeezing video blood from Twitter’s stone

    Squeezing video blood from Twitter’s stone

    After watching other social networks get rich off of video, Twitter’s tuning in. Brevity that inspires information density has always been what’s magical about Twitter. In 140 characters or six seconds you could laugh or learn something. But Vine’s tiny time limit and the 30-second max on videos uploaded to Twitter was choking out creativity and pushing creators elsewhere. Read More

  • Instagram doubles monthly users to 500M in 2 years, sees 300M daily

    Instagram doubles monthly users to 500M in 2 years, sees 300M daily

    80% of Instagram users come from outside the US, up from 75% in September, showing the popularity of pretty pictures that cross language barriers. It still has 100 million in the US, which command high rates for ads delivered through new video units and Facebook’s Ads API. But perhaps the most important stat is that Instagram now has 300 million daily active users, proving it’s… Read More

  • Peter Thiel was not kicked off Facebook’s board

    Peter Thiel was not kicked off Facebook’s board

    Facebook is sticking with Peter Thiel despite the backlash against him for funding the Hulk Hogan lawsuit that financially crippled Gawker. At today’s Facebook shareholders meeting, the company voted to re-elect Thiel as one of its board of directors. He received enough votes to stay on. Facebook’s entire board was re-elected, including Mark Zuckerberg, Sheryl Sandberg, Reed… Read More

  • Heads up Twitch, Facebook just hired gamer Snoopeh for its e-sports division

    Heads up Twitch, Facebook just hired gamer Snoopeh for its e-sports division

    459,000 years. That’s how long Twitch users spent watching other people play video games last year, and Facebook wants a piece of the pie. It might sound weird, but e-sports are wildly popular, and Facebook is getting serious about owning those video views. A source tipped us off that Facebook has hired e-sports super-connector and former professional gamer Stephen… Read More

  • Confident Cannabis is the stock exchange of weed

    Confident Cannabis is the stock exchange of weed

    Step 1: Build software for pot labs. Step 2: Find out who has the strongest herb. Step 3: Create a marijuana marketplace connecting dispensaries with the best growers. That’s the plan that scored $3 million in seed funding led by Slow Ventures for Confident Cannabis. Right now it’s on Step 2, having established the largest real-time database of cannabis in the world just nine… Read More

  • To beat SMS, Facebook Messenger eats SMS

    To beat SMS, Facebook Messenger eats SMS

    Surround and conquer is Facebook’s new strategy for getting people to switch from SMS to Messenger. You can now read and send old-school text messages from inside Facebook Messenger for Android. With this near-global rollout of the SMS feature, Facebook is touting ease, as you won’t have to jump back and forth between chat interfaces if your friends are split between them. Read More

  • Facebook taps GPS, Square to track your in-store visits and purchases

    Facebook taps GPS, Square to track your in-store visits and purchases

    Facebook has found the Holy Grail of advertising in a set of new partnerships with point-of-sale systems like Square and Marketo that will prove who bought what after seeing Facebook’s ads. Even if you don’t buy something, Facebook will also now know you visited a store based on a new feature that matches GPS, beacons, WiFi, radio signals, and cell towers with brick-and-mortar… Read More

  • Apple iOS 10 “Memories” turns old photos into editable mini-movies

    Apple iOS 10 “Memories” turns old photos into editable mini-movies

    Apple is taking on TimeHop, Facebook On This Day and Google Photos Assistant all at once with its new iOS 10 feature Memories that’s a tab inside Photos. Using local, on-device facial recognition and AI detection of what’s in your images, it can combine photos and videos into themed mini-movies complete with transitions and a soundtrack. The company debuted the new… Read More

  • Snapchat paves way to IPO with Ads API and inserts between stories

    Snapchat paves way to IPO with Ads API and inserts between stories

    Snapchat is ready to make the big bucks that could let it go public thanks to a slew of important updates to its ads offering. They’ll give advertisers the spotlight, buying flexibility, return on investment opportunities and measurement to throw huge budgets at Snapchat’s 150 million daily users. Snapchat’s big ads announcements Snap Ads Between Stories – There will… Read More

  • Apps as anime characters

    What would software programs look like if they were people? Artist Reef1600 dreamed up these awesome personifications and let us share them with you. Check out his art, buy his work on Gumroad, and click/scroll through to see the rest: Read More

  • The quest to cure loneliness

    The quest to cure loneliness

    Foursquare, Google Latitude and Facebook Nearby Friends failed to change the way we all meet up. That’s because intent, not location, is the most important thing when connecting people offline. If we want to meet up for food, coffee, drinks, the gym, a party or just to chill, it’s tough to know who else does too. It doesn’t matter if a friend is a block away if they… Read More

  • Facebook unlocks tilt-viewing of your panoramas with “360 Photos”

    Facebook unlocks tilt-viewing of your panoramas with “360 Photos”

    No more frustrating zoom-in/zoom-out. Facebook finally made a modern way to view panoramas and VR photos with your phone. Its new feature “360 Photos” rolls out tomorrow on iOS, Android, web, and Gear VR, and it will democratize creation of 360 and VR content. You can see Mark Zuckerberg’s example here from the top of One World Trade Center. Upload an iPhone or Samsung… Read More

  • Secret’s founder returns with Bold, a Medium for enterprise

    Secret’s founder returns with Bold, a Medium for enterprise

    David Byttow learned just how much goes unsaid inside companies while he was running Secret. Blasting private information out publicly causes harassment, which led Secret to flame out and give investors back some of their money. But now Byttow is channeling his insight into a new startup called Bold, which he tells me is a “platform for writing long-form content at work. Use cases… Read More

  • The unsexiest trillion-dollar startup

    The unsexiest trillion-dollar startup

    Steve Jobs went ballistic when public shipping manifests leaked the existence of the iPhone 3G. That’s about the only time something exciting happened in the freight forwarding business. The circulatory system of the global economy is a trillion-dollar industry, yet no one really talks about it, or builds tech for it. That’s what makes freight such a massive disruption opportunity… Read More

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