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Announcing: The Instagram for Business Blog!

Are you running a business Instagram account? Be sure to check out tips, brand spotlights, API examples over at the Instagram for Business Blog!

In the past two years, the Instagram community has grown to over 80 million users — individuals, brands, celebrities, artists — around the world.  As we grow, the role that businesses and organizations are playing continues to grow as well, which is why we’re launching the Instagram for Business blog.

We’re excited to see how businesses are using Instagram to create genuine connections with their followers, to share who they are and what their brand stands for, and to engage with the Instagram community. As a business, we want to make sure that you have the knowledge and tools you need to start using Instagram in a meaningful way.

We’re launching the Instagram for Business blog as a resource for businesses — a way to discover what other business accounts are doing on the platform and to learn tips and tricks for how to use Instagram from a business perspective.  We’ll be posting brand spotlights, API examples, Instagram news and tips for using Instagram for business. If you’re a business savvy Instagrammer, be sure to visit the Business blog for more!

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The Making Of: @shwoodshop’s Hand-Crafted Wood Sunglasses

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Thankfully, when it comes to selecting a pair of sunglasses, there is seldom a need to prioritize function over form. Case in point: Shwood, which makes wood-frame sunglasses out of its Portland, Oregon workshop.

Their Instagram feed—@shwoodshop—is chock full of tantalizing behind-the-scenes shots of the frame production process. Follow along, and do your best to resist buying one (or more!) of each design!

The Making Of: Custom Printed Stationary

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Even in the Internet age, the need will arise from time to time for finely printed paper products. Whether you are inviting friends to a wedding, or handing a business card to a prospective employer, it pays to not settle for anything less than a lasting impression.

Enter Dolce Press, the Instagram feed that makes you wish you had more opportunities to have nice things printed on card stock. Follow @dolcepress to see the craft and artistry that goes into making a striking piece of stationary.

The Making Of: Hand-Crafted Almond Surfboards

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California-based Almond Surfboards handcrafts beautiful surfboards and accessories, and provides an inside look at their Newport Beach shop through their Instagram feed, @almond_surfboards.

Follow along to see the life you could have lived, had you chased the waves to California.

The Restoration Of: Yesterday’s Furniture

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There are few things more satisfying than giving something old and worn-out a new lease on life. Portland, Oregon based Revive Designs restores and reupholsters old furniture, and uses Instagram to document the process. Check out @revivedesigns to follow along!

Non-Profits with Global Reach

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Charity:water (@charitywater)

Kiva Microloans (@kiva_microloans)

IDEO.org (@ideoorg)

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Each day, the Instagram community continues to expand and thrive in all corners of the globe. Today we are highlighting non-profits that also have a global reach, and are using Instagram to bring the world—and their work—to their followers.

Follow Friday: Travel

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From hotels to pilots, there are plenty of ways to get your travel fix through Instagram photos. Here are a few of our favorite accounts!

@thestandard - Hotel

@virginamerica - Airline

@seeaustralia - Tourism

@bkindler - Pilot

The photo at the top is by @nikosono.

The Making Of: Fine, Fashionable Footwear

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This week’s “The Making Of” takes us to Red Wing, Minnesota, where Red Wing Shoe Co.—@redwingheritage on Instagram—has been in production for over 100 years.

Red Wing’s Instagram feed is a wonderful behind-the-scenes look at the production—and producers—of their handmade footwear. And of course, they also provide plenty of finished product photos for their followers to ogle.

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Follow Friday: Athletes on Instagram

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From boxers to surfers to sprinters, there’s an incredible group of top notch athletes sharing their photos on Instagram. Below we’ve gathered together a sampling of our favorite accounts. With the Olympics just around the corner, be sure to stay tuned to them and our other notable athletes as they prepare for London 2012!

@tonyhawk - Skateboarding

@serenawilliams - Tennis

@kaka - Soccer

@af85 - Track

@kellyslater - Surfing

The top photo of Kevin Durant (@trey5) was taken by the Oklahoma City Thunder (@okcthunder).

The Making Of: Beautiful, Hand-Crafted Bicycles

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The Instagram team obviously loves photography, but we count a number of cycling enthusiasts among our ranks as well. Rarely do these two passions—cycling and photography—collide in such spectacular fashion as in the case of @stanridgecycles.

Stanridge Cycles—owned and operated by Adam Eldridge—is a Columbus, OH based builder of custom, hand-crafted track, road, and city bicycles. Through his Instagram feed and blog posts, Adam exquisitely documents the complete fabrication cycle, leaving his followers with a deep appreciation for the craft and artistry that goes into each bicycle.

Afraid that following @stanridgecycles won’t be enough for your hand-built bicycle fix? Check out @feathercycles (from the UK) and @averycountycycles (from Denver, CO) too!

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