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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  • Facebook simplifies confusing chatbots with buttons, not text commands

    Facebook simplifies confusing chatbots with buttons, not text commands

    “What do I type?” is the big question making chatbots hard to use. So today Facebook Messenger is giving chatbot developers new “Quick Reply” buttons and persistent menu options to make their bots easier to navigate. Messenger bots can also now send videos, audio, GIFs, and files so they can encompass wider range of use cases. People can now rate bots with one to five… Read More

  • Apple might buy Jay Z’s Tidal music app

    Apple might buy Jay Z’s Tidal music app

    If you can’t beat ’em, buy ’em. Apple is in discussions with Tidal about acquiring its music streaming app, which offers exclusives and early releases from big artists like Beyonce and Kanye West. The Wall Street Journal reports that the talks are still early and might not end in a deal, but Apple wants those exclusives to bolster its Apple Music streaming app… Read More

  • Facebook throws out the news Paper

    Facebook throws out the news Paper

    Facebook Paper could have given publishers the reach they lost yesterday in the News Feed, but no one wanted the standalone news reading app. Facebook has pulled the Paper app from the app store and will discontinue support for existing downloads of it on July 29th, according to a message show to all user. Despite it’s eye-catching, progressive design, the experience proved unnecessary… Read More

  • Facebook puts friends above publishers in “News Feed Values” and ranking change

    Facebook puts friends above publishers in “News Feed Values” and ranking change

    Those core values are that friends and family come first, that the feed should inform and entertain, that Facebook is a platform for all ideas, that authentic communication beats spam, that you have the controls to hide or highlight what you want, and that Facebook will keep iterating to improve the experience. Facebook is also making a feed ranking change today that literally puts its… Read More

  • Facebook from other sites with new Save and Share Chrome extensions

    Facebook from other sites with new Save and Share Chrome extensions

    Facebook colonized the internet with its Like button that sees 10 billion views per day around the web. Now it’s getting a makeover for mobile alongside the launch of two new Save and Share Chrome extensions that let you capture content from any site. Together, these updates should help fill the News Feed with news stories from around the web, and turn Facebook into a more… Read More

  • Facebook rolls out Slideshow movie-maker to compete with Google and Apple

    Facebook rolls out Slideshow movie-maker to compete with Google and Apple

    Most people can’t shoot compelling videos, and static photos are boring. That’s why the tech giants are all pushing their own versions of automatic movie makers based on your media. This month, Apple announced its version called Memories coming to iOS 10 Photos, Google Photos already has its Movies Assistant and today Facebook is rolling out Slideshow to all iOS users around… Read More

  • Facebook launches human-curated Featured Events list

    Facebook launches human-curated Featured Events list

    Approximately 550 million people use Facebook Events each month, with 60 percent of connections to events happening serendipitously in the News Feed. But Facebook is giving hardcore extroverts seeking more parties a new Featured Events list full of hand-picked gatherings. Starting today, iOS users in 10 U.S. cities will see the option for Featured Events in a carousel atop their list of… Read More

  • 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

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