The Wall Street Journal & Breaking News, Business, Financial and Economic News, World News and Video
Search

Stocks Tumble on Weak Chinese Data

U.S. stocks tumbled Tuesday as fears about a slowdown in China’s economy deepened, illustrating how last week’s market volatility has not yet abated. 292

Investors Betting on More ECB Stimulus

Six months after the European Central Bank launched its blockbuster bond-buying program to rouse the region’s economy, some investors are betting that authorities will crank stimulus efforts even higher.

Analysis

Clashing Interests Hamstring EU Response to Crisis

Europe’s migrant struggle highlights the chasm between Europe’s principles and its ability to live up to them.

Greek Polls Suggest Tough Election Test for Tsipras

Opinion polls show declining support for Greece’s Syriza party and its leader, Alexis Tsipras. But Syriza retains a lead over its opponents and the Sept. 20 election could be tight.

EU Set to Extend Sanctions on Russians, Ukraine Rebels

The EU is set to roll over until mid-March sanctions targeted against almost 200 Russian and Ukrainian-separatist individuals and firms to keep pressure on Moscow to fully implement the Minsk cease-fire terms by year end.

China Imposes New Controls to Keep Money From Leaving Country

China is imposing fresh controls to prevent too much money from leaving the country, in an effort to keep funds at home.

Pope to Make It Easier for Priests to Grant Pardons for Abortion

Pope Francis will make it easier for priests to forgive women for having had abortions, and those who assisted, during a “year of mercy” starting Dec. 8. 537

Russian Airline Aeroflot to Take Control of Carrier Transaero

Russia’s largest airline, state-controlled Aeroflot, will take control of the country’s No. 2 carrier Transaero in a government-brokered deal to stave off bankruptcy at the heavily indebted company.

Apple’s Ian Rogers Is Going to LVMH

LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton has recruited Ian Rogers, a key executive from Apple, to spearhead the expansion of the luxury goods giant’s online retail presence.

‘Super-Sizing’ Natural Gas Output

Applying newer fracking techniques to a prolific natural-gas region that straddles Louisiana and Texas could give the U.S. more—and much cheaper—supplies of the fuel for many years.

U.S. Report Sees Economic Benefit in Allowing Oil Exports

Lifting the nation’s four-decade ban on oil exports wouldn’t raise gas prices and could help lower them, a government study concludes.

Bayer Separates Material Science Business

German pharmaceuticals group Bayer has moved a step closer to floating its $12.38 billion specialty chemicals business by legally and economically separating the unit, now named Covestro.

Heard on the Street

In a World Awash with Gas, Why Finding More is Good for Eni

Italy’s Eni has found a big gas field in Egypt. That highlights its strengths as the company also gets its financial house in order.

Portuguese Central Bank Ends Talks With Anbang Over Novo Banco Sale

Portugal’s central bank will now enter talks with another bidder for the Portuguese bank created out of failed lender Banco Espírito Santo last year.

South African Gold Faces Uncertain Future

South Africa’s gold mining industry must undergo radical change to cope with falling prices, intensifying labor disputes and the surging cost of ever-deeper exploration.

FHA Offers Olive Branch to Hesitant Lenders

The government is trying to coax banks back to making mortgage loans to risky borrowers, after a string of expensive disputes over a federal loan program led some banks to conclude it wasn’t worth the headaches.

Main Suspect in Bangkok Bombing Arrested

Thailand’s prime minister said security forces arrested a man whom they believe to be the primary suspect in the bombing of a shrine in Bangkok last month.

China’s World

Flourishing Cities Offer Beijing a Lesson in Thinking Small

Fengdu on the Yangtze River is one of hundreds of smaller Chinese cities still bursting with consumer vitality. It’s if these striving cities lose momentum that China is in danger of failing, writes Andrew Browne.

Death Toll Rises After Ukraine Protest Blast

The death toll from Monday’s blast outside Ukraine’s parliament rose to three, and police said the man suspected of throwing a grenade was a volunteer fighter on leave from a unit fighting Russian-backed separatists.

CNN Changes Criteria for Deciding GOP Main Debate Lineup

CNN is changing its criteria for deciding the candidates who will participate in the main Republican debate later in this month, a shake-up that will likely allow Carly Fiorina to join the prime-time debate following her recent bump in the polls.

Lebanese ‘YouStink’ Activists Occupy Minister’s Offices

Members of a grass-roots antigovernment movement occupied the offices of the environment minister in Beirut to press their demands for his resignation.

Russia Puts Off Data Showdown With Technology Firms

Facebook, Google and Twitter are among the U.S. companies that are getting more time to comply with a new law requiring Russian data centers.

Personal Tech | DxO One Review

Finally, an iPhone Camera Good Enough for a Pro

The DxO One is a tiny attachment offering a big upgrade to your iPhone camera. Geoffrey A. Fowler reviews.

Review

Thermal Cameras Reveal an Unseen World

With the Seek Compact and Flir One cameras, little $250 accessories for iPhones and Android phones give you “Predator” vision.

Robin: An Inexpensive Android Phone With the Cloud at Its Core

Former Google and HTC employees have come up with a new take on Android smartphones. And they're calling it the Robin.

Video

Hungary Stops Migrants Boarding Trains To Germany

1:46

Ukraine Protest Blast Kills Officer, Injures Dozens

0:45

Body Count Rises in Migrant Effort to Reach Europe

1:38

Management

Dealing With ‘Daddy Track’: Men Face Challenges Going Part Time

As women make strides in the workplace and men shoulder more caregiving duties at home, few fathers have workplace flexibility figured out. 59

Art

New Facial Details Surface Beneath a Rembrandt

Conservators at the Getty shed new light on an image hidden under “An Old Man in Military Costume.”

WSJ Blogs

Real-time commentary and analysis from The Wall Street Journal
WSJ Tech
Wie das Netz die Wirtschaft verändert

90 Millionen: Instagram veröffentlicht erstmals Zahlen der aktiven Nutzer

Wochenlang häuften sich Berichte, wonach die Nutzerzahlen bei Instagram deutlich zurückgegangen sein sollen. Nun hat das soziale Foto-Netzwerk erstmals Daten veröffentlicht, die einen Einblick gewähren, wie hoch die Zahl der Nutzer ist, die den Dienst tatsächlich regelmäßig verwenden.

Nach letzten Auswertungen kommt Instagram auf 90 Millionen Nutzer im Monat. Das teilte das Unternehmen am Donnerstag mit. Außerdem könne man keinen Rückgang feststellen – man würde vielmehr weiter wachsen. Zwischen Dezember 2012 und Januar 2013 seien die Nutzerzahlen um zehn Prozent angestiegen.

„Instagram verzeichnet weltweit weiterhin ein starkes Wachstum“, sagte Instagram-Mitgründer Kevin Systrom dem Technologie-Blog AllThingsD. „Wir haben das Produkt verbessert und an der Internationalisierung gearbeitet. Und es ist toll, dass unsere Anstrengungen bei den Nutzern rund um den Globus anscheinend gut ankommen.“

Doch warum machten in den vergangenen Wochen Berichte die Runde, dass es mit den Nutzerzahlen bei Instagram nicht gut aussieht? Das liegt unter anderem daran, dass Analysen von Drittanbietern immer ein wenig kompliziert sein können.

Zum einen wurde in den Texten von einem Rückgang der täglichen Nutzerzahlen gesprochen – doch das ist gar nicht so ungewöhnlich. Nicht jeder nutzt Instagram regelmäßig, Tag für Tag. Eine Fluktuation so zu erklären, wäre also ein logisches Argument. Und dann gibt es auch noch die Möglichkeit, dass die Feiertage und Weihnachtsferien zu einem Rückgang bei den Zahlen der regelmäßigen Nutzer geführt haben.

Doch vielleicht am wichtigsten: Die Analysedienste, die verwendet wurden, haben die Aktivitäten bei Instagram nur bei den Personen gemessen, deren Accounts mit Facebook verbunden waren. Da jedoch ein Großteil der Nutzer sein Instagram-Profil nicht mit Facebook verbindet, sind die Daten nicht wirklich verlässlich.

Es gibt einen Grund, warum viele Berichte sich gierig auf die Daten von Anbietern wie App Data und anderen Schätzdiensten gestürzt haben. Im Dezember hatte Instagram Änderungen in seinen Geschäftsbedingungen angekündigt. Darin ging man auf Möglichkeiten ein, wie man mit dem Dienst Geld verdienen könne. Weil die Formulierungen unglücklich gewählt waren, wurden sie von vielen Nutzern missverstanden und falsch interpretiert. Schnell machte das Gerücht die Runde, Instagram würde in Zukunft die Bilder seiner Nutzer für bezahlte Werbung innerhalb des Netzwerkes verwenden.

Im Zuge dieser Kontroverse schworen viele Nutzer der App ab und suchten sich Alternativen. Wie der Bericht vom Donnerstag nun jedoch zeigt, hat sich an der allgemeinen Entwicklung der Nutzerzahlen aber kaum etwas geändert.

Es wäre vermutlich am besten, wenn Instagram in Zukunft neben den täglichen Nutzerzahlen auch Daten über die monatlichen Nutzer veröffentlichen würde, wie sie es am Donnerstag getan haben. Dann ließe sich besser nachvollziehen, ob und wie es zu einem Abfall der Nutzeraktivitäten gekommen ist. Allerdings bekommt man nicht immer das, was man sich wünscht.

Vielleicht wundert man sich kurz, wenn man die 90 Millionen vom Donnerstag mit den 100 Millionen vergleicht, die das Unternehmen im September verkündet hatte. Allerdings vergleicht man hier auch nicht Äpfel mit Äpfeln. Seit seiner Gründung hat Instagram immer nur die Zahlen der registrierten Nutzer veröffentlicht. Wer davon tatsächlich aktiv war, blieb im Dunkeln.

Kommentar abgeben

Wir begrüßen gut durchdachte Kommentare von Lesern. Bitte beachten Sie unsere Richtlinien.

Über WSJ Tech

  • Apps, Crowdfunding, Cloud Computing – neue Technologien werfen die Regeln der Weltwirtschaft um. WSJ Tech erklärt technologische Trends, stellt interessante Entwicklungen vor und analysiert die wichtigsten Trends der IT-Wirtschaft.

    Die Autoren:

    Stephan DörnerStephan Dörner
    Jörgen CamrathJörgen Camrath
The Wall Street Journal & Breaking News, Business, Financial and Economic News, World News and Video
Search

Stocks Tumble on Weak Chinese Data

U.S. stocks tumbled Tuesday as fears about a slowdown in China’s economy deepened, illustrating how last week’s market volatility has not yet abated. 292

Investors Betting on More ECB Stimulus

Six months after the European Central Bank launched its blockbuster bond-buying program to rouse the region’s economy, some investors are betting that authorities will crank stimulus efforts even higher.

Analysis

Clashing Interests Hamstring EU Response to Crisis

Europe’s migrant struggle highlights the chasm between Europe’s principles and its ability to live up to them.

Greek Polls Suggest Tough Election Test for Tsipras

Opinion polls show declining support for Greece’s Syriza party and its leader, Alexis Tsipras. But Syriza retains a lead over its opponents and the Sept. 20 election could be tight.

EU Set to Extend Sanctions on Russians, Ukraine Rebels

The EU is set to roll over until mid-March sanctions targeted against almost 200 Russian and Ukrainian-separatist individuals and firms to keep pressure on Moscow to fully implement the Minsk cease-fire terms by year end.

China Imposes New Controls to Keep Money From Leaving Country

China is imposing fresh controls to prevent too much money from leaving the country, in an effort to keep funds at home.

Pope to Make It Easier for Priests to Grant Pardons for Abortion

Pope Francis will make it easier for priests to forgive women for having had abortions, and those who assisted, during a “year of mercy” starting Dec. 8. 537

Russian Airline Aeroflot to Take Control of Carrier Transaero

Russia’s largest airline, state-controlled Aeroflot, will take control of the country’s No. 2 carrier Transaero in a government-brokered deal to stave off bankruptcy at the heavily indebted company.

Apple’s Ian Rogers Is Going to LVMH

LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton has recruited Ian Rogers, a key executive from Apple, to spearhead the expansion of the luxury goods giant’s online retail presence.

‘Super-Sizing’ Natural Gas Output

Applying newer fracking techniques to a prolific natural-gas region that straddles Louisiana and Texas could give the U.S. more—and much cheaper—supplies of the fuel for many years.

U.S. Report Sees Economic Benefit in Allowing Oil Exports

Lifting the nation’s four-decade ban on oil exports wouldn’t raise gas prices and could help lower them, a government study concludes.

Bayer Separates Material Science Business

German pharmaceuticals group Bayer has moved a step closer to floating its $12.38 billion specialty chemicals business by legally and economically separating the unit, now named Covestro.

Heard on the Street

In a World Awash with Gas, Why Finding More is Good for Eni

Italy’s Eni has found a big gas field in Egypt. That highlights its strengths as the company also gets its financial house in order.

Portuguese Central Bank Ends Talks With Anbang Over Novo Banco Sale

Portugal’s central bank will now enter talks with another bidder for the Portuguese bank created out of failed lender Banco Espírito Santo last year.

South African Gold Faces Uncertain Future

South Africa’s gold mining industry must undergo radical change to cope with falling prices, intensifying labor disputes and the surging cost of ever-deeper exploration.

FHA Offers Olive Branch to Hesitant Lenders

The government is trying to coax banks back to making mortgage loans to risky borrowers, after a string of expensive disputes over a federal loan program led some banks to conclude it wasn’t worth the headaches.

Main Suspect in Bangkok Bombing Arrested

Thailand’s prime minister said security forces arrested a man whom they believe to be the primary suspect in the bombing of a shrine in Bangkok last month.

China’s World

Flourishing Cities Offer Beijing a Lesson in Thinking Small

Fengdu on the Yangtze River is one of hundreds of smaller Chinese cities still bursting with consumer vitality. It’s if these striving cities lose momentum that China is in danger of failing, writes Andrew Browne.

Death Toll Rises After Ukraine Protest Blast

The death toll from Monday’s blast outside Ukraine’s parliament rose to three, and police said the man suspected of throwing a grenade was a volunteer fighter on leave from a unit fighting Russian-backed separatists.

CNN Changes Criteria for Deciding GOP Main Debate Lineup

CNN is changing its criteria for deciding the candidates who will participate in the main Republican debate later in this month, a shake-up that will likely allow Carly Fiorina to join the prime-time debate following her recent bump in the polls.

Lebanese ‘YouStink’ Activists Occupy Minister’s Offices

Members of a grass-roots antigovernment movement occupied the offices of the environment minister in Beirut to press their demands for his resignation.

Russia Puts Off Data Showdown With Technology Firms

Facebook, Google and Twitter are among the U.S. companies that are getting more time to comply with a new law requiring Russian data centers.

Personal Tech | DxO One Review

Finally, an iPhone Camera Good Enough for a Pro

The DxO One is a tiny attachment offering a big upgrade to your iPhone camera. Geoffrey A. Fowler reviews.

Review

Thermal Cameras Reveal an Unseen World

With the Seek Compact and Flir One cameras, little $250 accessories for iPhones and Android phones give you “Predator” vision.

Robin: An Inexpensive Android Phone With the Cloud at Its Core

Former Google and HTC employees have come up with a new take on Android smartphones. And they're calling it the Robin.

Video

Hungary Stops Migrants Boarding Trains To Germany

1:46

Ukraine Protest Blast Kills Officer, Injures Dozens

0:45

Body Count Rises in Migrant Effort to Reach Europe

1:38