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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  • Zuck says augmented reality will flourish on phones before glasses

    Zuck says augmented reality will flourish on phones before glasses

    Snapchat selfie lenses and Pokemon Go, not Magic Leap and HoloLens. Smartphones are how Mark Zuckerberg sees augmented reality going mainstream, rather than potentially awkward headsets and glasses. That’s an important clue to how Facebook will adapt to this next computing platform. Yesterday on the call after Facebook’s sensational Q2 earnings report, Zuckerberg fielded what… Read More

  • Facebook tightens iron grip on birthdays with recap videos

    Facebook tightens iron grip on birthdays with recap videos

    Twitter shows some balloons and Snapchat wraps your messages like presents, but Facebook is where people celebrate birthdays online. Now to reinforce itself as the home for your personal content and connections, Facebook is launching birthday recap videos that assemble the best wall posts you got for your birthday into a cute little clip. Here’s an example: As long as you list your… Read More

  • Facebook sees 2 billion searches per day, but it’s attacking Twitter not Google

    Facebook sees 2 billion searches per day, but it’s attacking Twitter not Google

    Facebook wants to be known as a place to search for mentions of current news in hopes of drawing more public chatter that normally ends up on Twitter. While Facebook stumbled with its natural language Graph Search, it refocused on keywords, and is now seeing 2 billion searches per day of its 2.5 trillion posts. That’s compared to 1.5 billion searches per day in July 2015, and 1 billion… Read More

  • Facebook crushes Q2 earnings, hits 1.71B users and record share price

    Facebook crushes Q2 earnings, hits 1.71B users and record share price

    Coming off an all-time high stock price of $123.34, Facebook in Q2 2016 smashed earnings again. The social network continued steady growth just slightly slower at 3.63% compared to last quarter’s 3.77%, adding 60 million monthly users this quarter to reach 1.71 billion. It scored $6.44 billion in revenue and $0.97 EPS, blowing past estimates of $6.02 billion and $0.82 EPS. This is… Read More

  • The new number crushing Twitter: revenue growth down from 60% to 20%

    The new number crushing Twitter: revenue growth down from 60% to 20%

    Twitter has a new number that’s killing its share price, down 9.5% in after-hours following grim earnings. First there was the user growth problem that still plagues it. Twitter’s monthly user count grew less than 1% this quarter and just 3% this year to 313 million MAU. But now its ad revenue growth issue has festered. Now Twitter is facing a total revenue growth crisis. Today… Read More

  • Facebook open sources Surround 360 camera with Ikea-style instructions

    Facebook open sources Surround 360 camera with Ikea-style instructions

    Facebook needs you to fill its News Feed, Oculus Rift, and Gear VR with 360 content. So today it put all the hardware and software designs of its Surround 360 camera on Github, after announcing the plan in April. Thanks to cheeky instruction manual inspired by Ikea’s manuals, you can learn how to buy the parts, assemble the camera, load the image-stitching software, and start shooting… Read More

  • Mystery startup Wonder actually thinks it can make a phone

    Mystery startup Wonder actually thinks it can make a phone

    Hubris is both the fuel for great disruption, and meteoric failure. Wonder is betting big. The stealth startup funded by Joe Lonsdale’s 8VC, Atari founder Nolan Bushnell, and actor Kevin Spacey wants to challenge Apple for the high-end phone market. According to sources close to the team, Wonder plans to create a smartphone for gamers. Apparently the goal is to build an object so… Read More

  • Platform change, the Yahoo-slayer

    Platform change, the Yahoo-slayer

    In 2000, Yahoo was worth $125 billion. In 2008, it rejected a $44 billion buyout from Microsoft. And today it sold to Verizon for $4.83 billion. The lesson here is, if you won the last computing platform and are on the cusp of the next one you’re not built for, you might want to sell the company. Mobile fell on an unsuspecting Yahoo like a piano on a cartoon villain. It was a web portal. Read More

  • Facebook scraps another Snapchat clone: 24-hour “Quick Updates”

    Facebook scraps another Snapchat clone: 24-hour “Quick Updates”

    Poke failed. Slingshot failed. But Facebook is still trying to mimic Snapchat with a new Stories-style feature it’s been testing called “Quick Updates”. These 24-hour ephemeral updates are buried in a special part of the app, and won’t show up in News Feed or on your profile. We received these screenshots from our reader Tiffany Zhong of Binary Capital who is one of… Read More

  • Pandora shares drop after it rejects $3.5B buyout from SiriusXM

    Pandora shares drop after it rejects $3.5B buyout from SiriusXM

    Wall Street quieted Pandora today following mediocre earnings and news that Pandora’s board rejected a $3.4 billion acquisition offer at about $15 per share from SiriusXM radio owner Liberty Media, according to The Wall Street Journal. That would have been a few dollars higher than its existing price, signaling high hopes for the company from leadership despite this quarter’s… Read More

  • Watch Facebook’s internet-shooting solar plane take off

    Watch Facebook’s internet-shooting solar plane take off

    Aquila will fly for 90 days at a time, blanketing a 60-mile wide area with internet access. But to prove it works, Facebook’s solar-powered plane just completed its first official test flight. Eventually, it will help 1.6 billion people in remote regions gain Internet connectivity. Despite having a wingspan of over 113 feet — bigger than a Boeing 737 — Aquila uses less… Read More

  • The 7 steps of Elon Musk’s “Master Plan”

    Why did Tesla buy SolarCity? To make your solar panel roof battery power your self-driving electric pickup truck. Elon Musk just revealed the second phase of his “Master Plan” and we broke it down so you can see the future too. Read More

  • How Facebook Messenger clawed its way to 1 billion users

    How Facebook Messenger clawed its way to 1 billion users

    Facebook’s gamble of forcing users to download Messenger has paid off. Despite the backlash, Messenger has doubled its user count in 20 months to reach the one billion user mark five years after its debut. Messenger joins Facebook, its acquisition WhatsApp and Google’s YouTube in the billion user mobile user club. The app has racked up some other impressive stats. Each month… Read More

  • Facebook throws shade at Snapchat’s anti-creepy business

    Facebook throws shade at Snapchat’s anti-creepy business

    “They’re going to hit some challenges and marketers are gonna start to ask questions when they get out of the experimental budget phase,” Facebook’s head of adtech said about Snapchat today. While Facebook tries to collect as much data about users as possible to prove its ads work, Snapchat has tried to avoid being creepy, despite that hindering its potential… Read More

  • Will photo art phenom Prisma raise or get bought?

    Will photo art phenom Prisma raise or get bought?

    Prisma morphs your photos into fine art like Picasso or Mondrian, and it’s blowing up the iOS app charts. Today it came out in unofficial APK beta on Android. But what will be the fate of this red-hot social product? We’ve heard Prisma is in talks with investors about raising funding, but it might make more sense as an acquisition for Facebook/Instagram, Twitter, or Snapchat. When… Read More

  • Snapchat “Suggest” is the new way to get famous

    Snapchat “Suggest” is the new way to get famous

    Finally there’s a better way to gain followers on Snapchat. The app refuses to tell you who to watch. There are no suggested user lists, no leaderboards, no little buttons everywhere begging you to add someone new. You’ve had to go out and find your own people to follow. Until now. Alongside the recent launch of Memories, Snapchat quietly added a new feature it didn’t… Read More

  • Facebook explains censorship policy for Live video

    Facebook explains censorship policy for Live video

    Facebook only removes content if it celebrates or glorifies violence, not if it’s only graphic or disturbing, according to a spokesperson. Facebook also insists that the video of Philando Castile’s death was temporarily unavailable due to a technical glitch that was Facebook’s fault. That contradicts theories that the video disappeared due to Facebook waffling on whether… Read More

  • Facebook needs a way to report content as “Graphic But Newsworthy”

    Facebook needs a way to report content as “Graphic But Newsworthy”

    Mark Zuckerberg believes Facebook Live could illuminate wrongdoing in the world. Facebook still hasn’t explained the details of its policy on censorship of Live video. But today in response to the police shooting of Philando Castile whose last moments of life were broadcast on Facebook, CEO Mark Zuckerberg posted that “The images we’ve seen this week are graphic and… Read More

  • Instagram nixes naughty comments

    Instagram nixes naughty comments

    Comment reels can become cesspools, especially on celebrity social media posts that get replies by the thousands. But now Instagram is letting its new business pages take out the trash with a new Comment Moderation option. It “Blocks comments with words or phrases often reported as offensive from appearing on your posts.” Instagram confirms to me that the feature rolled out… Read More

  • Facebook will test video downloads for offline viewing

    Facebook will test video downloads for offline viewing

    The developing world can’t join the age of social video since streaming sucks up too much costly data and is sluggish on slow connections. But Facebook wants to change that with a new video download option it will start testing on July 11th with a small percentage of users in India. While on WiFi, people can sync videos to their device for offline viewing within Facebook’s… Read More

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