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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  • The startup redemption of Famous

    The startup redemption of Famous

    “It might shock you, but I let go of pretty much everybody. When we went from 34 employees to 4, everyone was sh*tting Twinkies. Everyone was scared to death.” For Steve Newcomb, the founder and CEO of Famous, “pivot” is not a strong enough word. “We did a reboot,” he tells me in a stylish penthouse office that shouldn’t exist. His $30 million-funded… Read More

  • Watch all the quirky new commercials for Facebook Live

    Teddy bear dogs, singing children, and your deepest personal opinions are what you should be sharing on Facebook Live, according to Facebook’s new ad campaign for its mobile broadcasting feature. Instead of poising itself for web celebrities like YouTube Live or citizen journalists like Periscope, these commercials show Facebook Live wants to be the camera for the common man. Click or… Read More

  • Facebook plans to reduce censorship, show more offensive but newsworthy content

    Facebook plans to reduce censorship, show more offensive but newsworthy content

    Facebook will soon display more graphic content including violence and nudity that would normally violate its policies as long as the imagery is newsworthy or important enough. Joel Kaplan, Facebook’s VP of global policy writes “Our intent is to allow more images and stories without posing safety risks or showing graphic images to minors and others who do not want to see… Read More

  • Facebook Live broadcasting up 4X since May, gets TV and outdoor promo

    Facebook Live broadcasting up 4X since May, gets TV and outdoor promo

    Facebook wants you to know Live broadcasting isn’t just for celebrities. Facebook has bought a new series of US and UK TV, web, billboard, bus, and baggage claim ads that suggest you go Live when you see something cool, want to show off a talent, or just have something important to say. The campaign could further accelerate the growth of Live, which has seen the number of people… Read More

  • 360 photos and videos are coming to Facebook’s Instant Articles

    360 photos and videos are coming to Facebook’s Instant Articles

    Facebook’s Instant Articles — the format that displays publishers’ content in a faster-loading, distraction-free view when accessed by Facebook users on mobile devices — are about to get more interactive. The social network announced today that these articles will now support 360 videos and photos — meaning, publishers can include 360 content in-line, which… Read More

  • Slack’s rapid growth slows as it hits 1.25M paying work chatters

    Slack’s rapid growth slows as it hits 1.25M paying work chatters

    Slack is still growing fast, about 33% in daily users and paid seats in the last 5 months. But not as fast as before, when it saw 50% DAU growth and 63% paid seat growth in the 5.5 months from December 15th to May 25th. This aligns with rumors TechCrunch has heard about a slight dip in customer retention at Slack, as the casual, GIF-filled workplace chat app can get noisy and distracting… Read More

  • TravelBank launches expense account app that pays you for underspending

    TravelBank launches expense account app that pays you for underspending

    Employees waste tons of money through expense accounts because there’s no incentive to book flights early, stay at a modest hotel, or dine on the cheap. But a new startup called TravelBank can predict what employees should be spending on trips, help them file their expenses, and even give them cash rewards if they come in under budget. TravelBank has raised a $10 million Series A round… Read More

  • Facebook embraces utility with food ordering and ticketing

    Facebook embraces utility with food ordering and ticketing

    Facebook wants you to participate in your community, not just talk about it, with a slew of new features launching today. From Facebook Pages, you’ll now be able to order food through Delivery.com and Slice, request an appointment through MyTime, get a professional services quote, or buy movie and event tickets through Ticketmaster and EventBrite without leaving Facebook. This is the… Read More

  • Call A Deplorable / Elitist breaks you out of your echo chamber

    Call A Deplorable / Elitist breaks you out of your echo chamber

    Put in your phone number, talk to someone with the opposite political views. That’s the idea behind two new sister sites, CallADeplorable.com for use by Hillary supporters and CallAnElitist.com for use by Trump supporters. “We hope that every voter can take the time to share their story and listen to what others have to say before election day,” write the… Read More

  • Facebook Live unlocks scheduling and pre-stream lobby, first for verified Pages

    Facebook Live unlocks scheduling and pre-stream lobby, first for verified Pages

    Facebook is helping broadcasters plan and promote their Live streams ahead of time, and assemble their audiences in a waiting room so they have viewers the second the camera starts rolling. Today Facebook is rolling out Live video scheduling, scheduled broadcast sharing, and pre-broadcast lobbies to verified Pages. The plan is to roll out Live scheduling to all Pages in the coming weeks, and… Read More

  • Hillary mentions internet

    Hillary mentions internet

    Hillary says Trump “makes you just want to look at cat GIFs”, and she even pronounced it correctly.* Hillary Clinton appealed to the tech crowd of San Francisco today at a campaign event, discussing technology in more depth than she or Trump has in weeks. Clinton said that because of Donald Trump’s bragging about sexual assault and insults toward immigrants, Muslims and… Read More

  • Facebook now lets you cast videos to your TV

    Facebook now lets you cast videos to your TV

    Facebook wants you to lean back and watch its News Feed videos on your television with a new feature that lets you stream clips via Apple TV, AirPlay devices, Google Chromecast, and Google Cast devices. The move could help Facebook generate more video ad revenue, and increase usage time by giving people the richest possible viewing experience while at home. The feature is now available on iOS… Read More

  • Periscope Producer lets you stream to Twitter from pro cameras, apps, VR

    Periscope is embracing professional streaming and expanding beyond amateur content shot on phones with its new Periscope Producer feature. It allows creators to generate a special URL that they can then stream to from a wide array of devices, including professional cameras, studio editing rigs, satellite trucks, desktop streaming software like OBS, games, VR headsets, drones and later… Read More

  • Tribe augments video chat with speech recognition subtitles and suggested links

    Tribe augments video chat with speech recognition subtitles and suggested links

    Tribe’s voice recognition video chat technology could make Snapchat and Facebook Messenger look outdated. That tech also attracted a $3 million seed round led by prestigious VC Sequoia, its first seed investment of the year. Today, Tribe’s one-touch video walkie-talkie app launches a huge Version 2 update on iOS and Android powered by access to some unreleased Google voice APIs. Read More

  • Facebook hires The Sims’ Rachel Rubin Franklin to lead Social VR team

    Facebook hires The Sims’ Rachel Rubin Franklin to lead Social VR team

    What will friending, sharing, and messaging look like in virtual reality? Facebook has tapped video game giant Electronic Arts’ VP Rachel Rubin Franklin as the new head of the Facebook Social VR team. Last week, Mark Zuckerberg presented an exciting demo of how friends can play and explore together in VR thanks to Facebook, and Franklin will now work to bring that experience to the… Read More

  • Facebook tests ads in Groups, its next potential cash cow

    Facebook tests ads in Groups, its next potential cash cow

    Facebook’s latest trick to earn more revenue without drowning the News Feed is to serve ads to the 1 billion users of its Groups feature. After people reported seeing notices that “We’re testing ads in Groups,” TechCrunch inquired and Facebook confirmed that mobile and desktop versions of Groups in Australia, Canada, Ireland and New Zealand are part of the… Read More

  • Snapchat launches post-roll ads, Story Playlist that loads favorites in bulk

    Snapchat launches post-roll ads, Story Playlist that loads favorites in bulk

    Snapchat is fighting back against Instagram Stories, which rocketed to 100 million daily users by spotlighting the cloned feature atop the feed. To make Snapchat more “friends first,” it’s moving friends’ Stories above Discover where they used to be to make sure you don’t miss people you care about. And to make it easier to watch all your favorites… Read More

  • Facebook launches standalone “Events” discovery and calendar app

    Facebook launches standalone “Events” discovery and calendar app

    650 million people use Facebook Events — 100 million every day — but it’s a smaller sect of hardcore extroverts who discover these parties and meetups, then invite everyone else. Now Facebook is giving its most outgoing users a dedicated app for browsing and searching for stuff going on nearby. And thanks to the Facebook Events app’s ability to pull in calendars from… Read More

  • Spotify and Apple Music get unofficial mixes, the best part of SoundCloud

    Spotify and Apple Music get unofficial mixes, the best part of SoundCloud

    SoundCloud’s big differentiator is its offering of unofficial, user-uploaded content that the major labels don’t release and that isn’t on Spotify or Apple Music. Or at least they weren’t. The first unofficial single-track remixes just went live on Spotify and Apple Music thanks to their partnerships with music rights management service Dubset. Apple struck a deal… Read More

  • Facebook invents “virtual reality emoji” gestures

    Facebook invents “virtual reality emoji” gestures

    These are what Facebook calls “VR emoji,” and they’re the company’s vision for how we’ll convey emotion in virtual reality. We’re not talking about yellow illustrated emoticons popping up over your head. Instead, your avatar’s eyes, eye brows, mouth and other facial features will change to mimic how we exhibit body language in the real… Read More

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