Josh Constine

Josh Constine

Josh Constine is a technology journalist who specializes in deep analysis of social products. He is currently a Senior Writer 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, Titbucket 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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  • Snapchat Solicits Longer Content By Ditching Tap-And-Hold-To-Watch

    Snapchat Solicits Longer Content By Ditching Tap-And-Hold-To-Watch

    Snapchat wasn’t built to be a mobile television but that’s what it’s become. Having to keep your finger held down on the screen to view worked fine when people were just sending 10 second private snaps. But now amateurs and budding social media stars alike are recording multi-minute stories each day. Plus, Snapchat’s monetization depends on people staying glued to… Read More

  • Zuck Details How Artificial Intelligence Will Show You The Perfect Facebook Posts

    Zuck Details How Artificial Intelligence Will Show You The Perfect Facebook Posts

    What’s Facebook working on in its three AI labs? A way to understand exactly what you share so it can serve that content to people with matching interests. Today in a public Q&A on his Facebook Page, CEO Mark Zuckerberg gave a closer look at why Facebook is investing in AI, as well as detailing his philosophy on happiness, exercise and the future of the company. At the end of… Read More

  • Apple Music Is For People With No Clue What To Stream

    Apple Music Is For People With No Clue What To Stream

    You’re no DJ. That’s the biggest problem with streaming services. A search box connected to the history of recorded music can be discouraging. You constantly have to know what to play next. That’s why Apple was so smart to make Apple Music all about telling you what to play next. Apple is the king of making complicated technology accessible to the masses. It turned clunky… Read More

  • Surprises From The First Few Hours Of Beats 1 Radio

    Surprises From The First Few Hours Of Beats 1 Radio

    There Are Ads – Apple never mentioned this and you’d be surprised considering how rich it is, but occasionally little promotional messages like “Beats 1 is made possible by American Express” play on the air. The Music Selection Is All Over The Place – Hardcore drum’n’bass dance music is immediately followed by serene singer/songwriter crooning, followed… Read More

  • Uber’s API Affiliate Program Pays Devs $5 For Each User They Refer

    Uber’s API Affiliate Program Pays Devs $5 For Each User They Refer

    Uber wants its “Request A Ride” button in as many apps as possible, and it’s willing to pay to get there. Now developers will get $5 for every U.S.-based user they sign up for Uber through API integrations in their own apps. Map, restaurant, travel, and nightlife app developers might jump at the chance to add an extra revenue stream. Developers can sign up for the Uber… Read More

  • Facebook Fights YouTube With Big Data On What You Watch Unmuted, Full-Screen

    Facebook Fights YouTube With Big Data On What You Watch Unmuted, Full-Screen

    Facebook wants to become your favorite Internet TV by tracking what a television never could. Today it announced a News Feed algorithm change that will show you more videos similar to ones you expand to full-screen, un-mute or opt to watch in HD, even if you don’t Like, share or comment. Those same signals will tell Facebook that a video is enjoyable so the News Feed shows it to more people. Read More

  • Facebook’s Snapchatty New Photo Uploader Lets You Overlay Text And More

    Facebook’s Snapchatty New Photo Uploader Lets You Overlay Text And More

    Face it. Your photos aren’t all that interesting. But Facebook’s going to help you jazz them up with its shiny new photo uploader, which is now available for most users on iOS and is testing on Android. It lets you add overlaid text in any color, instantly preview filters that you swipe across your photos, or paste Facebook’s stickers on top. Facebook offered more… Read More

  • Facebook Fails To Improve Diversity Despite Rapid Hiring

    Facebook Fails To Improve Diversity Despite Rapid Hiring

    Facebook’s team is still dominated by white and Asian men. Diversity improved only slightly despite Facebook adding 2897 employees this year, according to its new demographic report. The 10,082-person company has only 1% more women as a share of all employees than a year ago despite a 40% increase in head count. And the company made no quantifiable progress growing its percentage… Read More

  • Marketers Will Drool Over Facebook’s New Signup Ads That Auto-Fill Your Email Or Number

    Marketers Will Drool Over Facebook’s New Signup Ads That Auto-Fill Your Email Or Number

    Businesses desperately want your email address, but it’s annoying to enter it on mobile. Cue Facebook’s latest News Feed ads. A marketer can buy an ad asking for you to sign-up for a newsletter or request a sales call, and with two-taps you can auto-fill your email address, phone number, or other info you’ve registered with Facebook. Read More

  • Matterport Raises $30M For Mobile VR

    Matterport Captures $30M To Scan Rooms Into Virtual Reality

    This $4500 camera turns the real world into the virtual one. Today, Matterport’s hardware is a hit with real estate agents. But fueled by the $30 million Series C it just raised, Matterport’s software and partnership with Google’s Project Tango could let you wave your phone around to create VR tours of anywhere you want. For example, here’s Matterport’s VR version… Read More

  • Spotify Buys Beats’ Analytics Provider Seed Scientific

    Spotify Buys Beats’ Analytics Provider Seed Scientific

    Spotify wants to own big data about bands. Today it acquired analytics firm Seed Scientific to forge a new Advanced Analytics unit tasked with understanding and improving how artists, listeners, and brands interact with its streaming music service. Seed Scientific formerly served clients including Audi, Unilever, the United Nations, and importantly, Apple’s Beats Music. But with the… Read More

  • Snapchat Wants To Be How Youngins Watch The Election

    Snapchat Wants To Be How Youngins Watch The Election

    Maybe Snapchat can make ‘the youth’ care about politics. It’s certainly going to try. Snapchat is hiring a ‘Content Analyst – Politics & News’ “to cover the 2016 presidential race and other news events for Snapchat” through its Our Stories feature. If Snapchat can create compelling election content, it could better host lucrative political ads. Read More

  • Messenger No Longer Requires A Facebook Account

    Messenger No Longer Requires A Facebook Account

    Facebook wants even the people who hate Facebook to use Messenger, so it’s opening the option to sign up for its chat app without an account on its social network. Users can sign up with just a first name, last name, and phone number, starting today in the US, Canada, Peru, and Venezuela before the feature comes elsewhere. Facebook tested accountless signups for Messenger on Android… Read More

  • Apple Music Will Shell Out For Exclusives, Starting With Pharrell’s “Freedom”

    Apple Music Will Shell Out For Exclusives, Starting With Pharrell’s “Freedom”

    Apple is finally throwing its money around to help Apple Music win. Singer Pharrell today announced that his new single “Freedom” will be available exclusively on Apple Music the day of its launch, June 30th. Pharrell tweeted and Facebook posted a teaser still image and 15-second preview of the song, something Apple Music’s Connect feature is will likely allow users to do… Read More

  • Instagram Gets Newsy With Trends And Place Search For Exploring Anything, Anywhere

    Instagram Gets Newsy With Trends And Place Search For Exploring Anything, Anywhere

    Instagram has real-time coverage of almost everything happening in the world. Now its unlocking that content with a revamped Explore tab featuring Trending Tags, Trending Places, curated content, plus a new Places Search. You’ll be able to see all the photos from Father’s Day or Coachella, scope out your next vacation spot, or see photos of important topics chosen by… Read More

  • Snapchat Pauses Being Cool To Give Advertisers The Hard Sell

    Snapchat Pauses Being Cool To Give Advertisers The Hard Sell

    Evan Spiegel released a zero-fun informercial about Snapchat‘s ads today, extolling the virtues of “3V: vertical video views” in a way that would bore most of his users to tears. From a bland office couch, Spiegel explains how Snapchat’s full-screen ads slot between its content while Facebook and YouTube’s are either annoying pre-rolls or only fill part of… Read More

  • Apple Says “We Hear You Taylor Swift”, Will Pay Musicians During Free Trial

    Apple Says “We Hear You Taylor Swift”, Will Pay Musicians During Free Trial

    Apple’s Eddy Cue has just announced that Apple Music will change its plan and pay royalties to artists even during its three-month free trial for users, following Taylor Swift’s public complaint about the policy. She had planned to withhold her hit album ‘1989’ from the service in protest. We’ve learned that Apple made this decision to change its policy today. It… Read More

  • Taylor Swift Ditches Apple Music And Its Zero-Royalties Trial

    Taylor Swift Ditches Apple Music And Its Zero-Royalties Trial

    Apple is acting greedy despite being one of the richest companies ever, and Taylor Swift is angry. When the Apple Music streaming service launches June 30th, users will get a three-month free trial. Yet rather than subsidizing that user acquisition cost from its enormous pile of cash, it plans to just not pay music rights holders any royalties. Taylor Swift says that’s why it won’t… Read More

  • Facebook’s News Feed Algorithm Relinquishes Control Of What We “See First”

    Facebook’s News Feed Algorithm Relinquishes Control Of What We “See First”

    Facebook is boring when your best friends get lost in a sea of acquaintances. To make sure that doesn’t happen, Facebook is testing a new feature called “See First”, which I spotted this morning. When turned on from a friend’s profile or Page, you’ll see their recent posts at the top of your News Feed.  See First could be the new Holy Grail for marketers that want… Read More

  • Edward Snowden Supports Apple’s Public Stance On Privacy

    Edward Snowden Supports Apple’s Public Stance On Privacy

    Edward Snowden says we should support Apple’s newly emphasized commitment to privacy rather than a business model driven by personal data collection, whether or not Tim Cook is being genuine. Snowden spoke over video conference during the Challenge.rs conference in Barcelona today. I asked Snowden his thoughts on Cook’s recent acceptance speech for an Electronic Privacy… Read More

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