Saturday, February 8, 2014

50 Winter Olympic Athletes to Follow on Instagram

Snowboarding women from @aimee_fuller
Just as in London in 2012, you can follow a lot of the Sochi athletes on Instagram and other social media to dramatically improve the fan experience for the Winter Olympics.  From Twitter to Facebook to Instagram, you can follow Olympians to get a behind the scenes glimpse into the Winter Games.

On Twitter, you can follow hashtags that are of particular interest such as #sochi #winterolympics #teamusa or #teamcanada.  The stream when you search for these or other common Olympic hashtags will be full of interesting tweets, photos and videos from fans and athletes making the trek to Sochi.

For me, the most fun is following the athletes on Instagram.  Since they always have their smartphones with them, you get amazing photos from athletes right in the heart of the action.  There will be photos from athletes just before and just after they compete.  Some will take photos at the awards ceremony, maybe even right on the Medals Podium.  You really can't get any closer to the athletes than their own cellphones, which makes Instagram such an amazing tool for following the Olympic Games.

Here now is a list of some of the most interesting athletes, coaches and media sources for following the Sochi Olympics on Instagram.  I generally tried to include the most active IG sharers on the list, although with certain sports (c'mon hockey players), I had to post anyone I could find because none of them share many photos.  Sorry so many TeamUSA competitors but they are the largest team in Sochi, they are the most active users of IG as a group and, I admit it, I am a bit biased.  I will continually update and add to this list during the games.

Alpine Skiing
Speed, speed and more speed -- that is what makes Alpine Skiing so exciting.  Flying down the mountain at over 90 miles per hour at times, these speed demons are pure adrenaline.

Bobby Brown (USA)
Chillin' it at the top of the Mtn from @bobby_brown1
Brown is a 22 year old freestyle skier from Colorado who has taken Gold several times in Winter X Game competitions.  He is one of the favorites to medal in the freestyle Slopestyle event in Sochi
@bobby_brown1
400 photos  56,600 followers

DuFour-LaPointe Sisters (Canada)
An amazing story, three DuFour-LaPointe sisters are competing in Freestyle Moguls events at the Sochi Winter Olympics.  Justine and Chloe finished 1st and 2nd in the first event to capture Gold and Silver.  19 year old, Justine, is the most active on IG but you can follow all three below.
@justinedufourlapointe
200 photos  6,000 followers
@chloedufourlapointe
2 photos  980 followers
@maximeduflap
42 photos  1,200 followers

Cool olympic shot from @keriherman
Travis Ganong (USA)
Competing in his first Olympics, Ganong surprised everyone with a 5th place finish in the Downhill competition in Sochi.  He is looking to surprise again in the Super G later in the competition.
@travisganong
332 photos  3,700 followers

Keri Herman (USA)
Keri is a freestyle skier competing in the new Slopestyle event.  She has won several medals in multiple Winter X Games and now hopes to bring that success to the Olympics.   She is a very active Instagram user and is sharing lots of great shots from Sochi.
@keriherman
 435 photos  18,700 followers



Mayer with his Gold medal from @mothl
Matthias Mayer (Austria)
Matthias is a 23 year old speed demon from Austria.  His father, Herman Mayer, won a Gold for Austria in the Slalom back in the 80s.  Competing in his first Olympics, Mayer surprised the World to capture Gold in the Downhill and will be competing in the Slalom and Super G later in the Winter Olympics.
@mothl
 97 photos  6,500 followers

Bode Miller (USA)
Already a highly decorated Olympic skier with 5 medals including one Gold, Bode is competing in his 5th Winter Olympics.  At 36 years old, it is an amazing feat and will be fun to watch.
@millerbode
46 photos  26,600 followers

Dominik Paris (Italy)
An Italian skier, Paris will be competing in his first Olympics in Sochi.  He is an exciting skier that will be competing in both the Downhill and Super G events.
@dominikparis
82 photos  3,500 followers

Shot of the downhill course from @asvindal
Mikaela Shiffrin (USA)
Mikaela is an 18 year old ski racer for Team USA.  She will be competing in the Slalom and the Giant Slalom.
@mikaelashiffrin
255 photos  37,000 followers

Aksel Lund Svindal (Norway)
At 31, Svindal is at the high end of the range for downhill racing but he is still winning at an amazing rate and remains a favorite for Gold in Super G in Sochi.  He won the Gold in that event in Vancouver 2010.  He is a prolific IG user so a great follow for skiing fans.
@asvindal
425 photos  113,600 followers

David Wise (USA)
Fresh off a Gold medal win in the Winter X Games in the freestyle halfpipe event, this 23 year old is hoping to duplicate that success with Gold in Sochi.  He is an active IG user.
@mrdavidwise
210 photos  6,500 followers


Figure Skating
Combining grace and beauty, figure skating is one of the most watched events at the Winter Olympics.  There is always high drama either from the pressure on the favorites to the young upstarts that often steal the show.  Here are some active Instagram users to follow from Figure Skating.

Patrick Chan (Canada)
Chan is an 24 year old, 3 time World Champion for Team Canada.  He is considered one of the best Men's skaters in the World and a favorite to compete for Gold in Sochi.
@pchan31
100 photos  7,500 followers
Meryl and Charlie from @meryledavis
Carolina Kostner (Italy)
An Italian figure skater from Italy.  She competed in each of the last two Olympics for Italy but has never finished higher than 9th.  She hopes to improve on that and grab a medal in Sochi.
@carokostner
81 photos  2,100 followers

Meryl Davis and Charlie White (USA)
Meryl Davis is one half of the US Ice Dancing pair with Charlie White.  The pair won the Silver Medal in the 2010 Winter Olympics and hope to improve on that by winning the Gold in Sochi.
@meryledavis
280 photos  9,900 followers
@charlieawhite 
47 photos  7,800 followers


Gracie Gold (USA)
Gold is an 18 year old US skater who will be competing in her first Olympics.  She placed first in the US Olympic Championships and is a favorite to compete for a medal in the Women's competition in Sochi. 
Figure skaters at the Team event from @ashwagner2010
@graciegold95
300 photos  34,000 followers

Evengi Plushenko (Russia)
Competing in his 4th Olympic Games, Plushenko has a Gold and 2 Silver medals already and will now look to grab one more in Sochi.
@plushenkoofficial
21 photos  27,300 followers

Ashley Wagner (USA)
Wagner is a 22 year old skater who will be competing in her first Olympics.  She has been on Instagram for several years and has built a strong following by sharing lots of photos.
@ashwagner2010
300 photos  17,900 followers



Hockey
Like basketball in the summer games, hockey is the galvanizing team sport for the winter games.  Every country hangs on every minute of each game of the team's games in the Winter Olympics.  In general, the hockey players do not share as many photos as the other sports so I had to list some players that share very few photos.  Here are some of the top competitors from many of the competing countries.

Photo day for TeamUSA from @meganebozek

Nicklas Backstrom (Sweden)
Backstrom plays for the Washington Capitals in the NHL but he will be representing TeamSweden in Sochi.
@nicklas_backstrom19
40 photos  4,600 followers

Megan Bozek (USA)
The favorites to win Gold in Sochi, the US Women's will face stiff competition from Canada.  This 22 year old anchors TeamUSA's staunch defense and she is one of the few hockey players that shares a lot of photos.
@meganebozek
175 photos  750 followers
 



Sidney Crosby (Canada)
Sidney Crosby is the Captain of TeamCanada and a big reason why they won the Gold in Vancouver.  He will be trying to bring home another Gold with one of the most talented group of hockey players ever assembled for Canada.
@sc_87
10 photos  26,000 followers

Cool fan art from @88p_kane
Pavel Datsyuk (Russia)
Datsyuk is considered one of the best passers in the world and plays with both the Detroit Red Wings and TeamRussia.  He will need to be a key component if TeamRussia hopes to grab a medal on home ice.
@datsyuk13hockey
83 photos  35,600 followers

Patrick Kane (USA)
Patrick Kane is one of the anchors of TeamUSA and one of the points leaders in the NHL for the Blackhawks.  His expert skating and passing will create a lot of scoring opportunities for the young USA team.
@88p_kane
54 photos  10,600 followers

Amanda Kessel (USA)
Amanda is one of the most dynamic forwards on TeamUSA.  She is the sister of Phil Kessel, who plays for the Toronto Maple Leafs and the USA Men's team.  Amanda's skating really sets her apart giving her the ability to create space when she drives to the net.
@amandakessel8
75 photos  1,100 followers

From Kopecky's feed @kopec_82


Hilary Knight (USA)
Hilary is going into her second Olympics after helping TeamUSA win the Silver medal in Vancouver.  TeamUSA is favored to win the Gold but the competition is stiff and the women will have to perform at their very best to win it.
@hilary_knight
170 photos  3,200 followers

Tomas Kopecky (Slovakia)
Kopecky is a forward for the Florida Panthers and TeamSlovakia.  He has been a member of two Stanley Cup winning teams for the Blackhawks and the Red Wings.
@kopec_82
28 photos  1,900 followers



Lamoureux Twins (USA)
TeamUSA strategy session from @moniquelam7
Two adept skating forwards for TeamUSA, Monique and Jocelyne Lamoureax, play on the same line for the Americans and know each other so well they are great passing partners.  They will put a lot of pressure on opposing teams defense.  Monique is the more active IG user having shared over 300 photos.
@moniquelam7
314 photos  2,000 followers
@jocelyneusa17
105 photos  1,700 followers

Evgeni Malkin (Russia)
Malkin is the third of the 3 NHL All Stars on TeamRussia.  Malkin of the Pittsburgh Penguins has a Stanley Cup Championship and won the Conn Smythe trophy that year.  He is active on Instagram and should post lots of interesting photos from Sochi.
@evgeni_malkin
75 photos  25,000 followers


Ovechkin and Malkin from @ovi_caps8
 Alex Ovechkin (Russia)
Ovechkin is one of the stars of Team Russia and one of the all stars from the NHL that will be competing in Sochi.  Ovechkin and the Russian team have a lot of pressure to try to bring home the Gold competing in Russia.  While not impossible, it will be an uphill battle for the Russian team.
@ovi_caps8
12 photos  11,500 followers

Patrick Sharp (Canada)
Patrick Sharp is a leading scorer for the NHL Champion, Blackhawks,
and a member of TeamCanada.  This will be Sharp's first Olympics so he should share some great photos during the journey.
@10psharp
37 photos  7,600 followers


Hayley Wickenheiser (Canada)
Hayley is the leading goal scorer in Olympic hockey history and she is back to add to that tally in Sochi.  She is new to Instagram but has begun posting pictures from Sochi so check her out.
@hayleywickenheiser22
4 photos  100 followers


Snowboarders
One could really put together a list of 50 Snowboarders because these guys and gals seem to have more fun at the Olympics than any other group.  Always interesting, this alternative X Games group of athletes post a lot of photos from the top and the bottom of the mountain.

Amazing shot during training from @jamieandersonsnow

Jamie Anderson (USA)
Jamie Anderson is a 23 year old Slopestyle snowboarder from Utah.  Landing two 720s during the finals, she grabbed the Gold medal in Slopestyle on Day 2 of the Sochi Olympics.  She also loves to share on IG and you will not be disappointed in following her.
@jamieandersonsnow
590 photos  40,000 followers

Greg Bretz (USA)
Competing in his second Olympics, Bretz hopes to improve on his 12th place finish in the Halfpipe in 2010.  He is an epic IG user having shared over 400 photos.
@gregbretzz
419 photos  17,700 followers


Kelly Clark (USA)
At 30, Kelly is one of the senior members of the Snowboarding community.  Competing in her 3rd Olympics, she already has a Gold and a Bronze medal in the Halfpipe and will try to add to that tally in Sochi.
TravelinDan going off trail from @travelindan
@kellyclarkfdn
486 photos  21,000 followers

Danny Davis (USA)
Travelin Dan always delivers with his Instagram photos.  You can see his sense of humor through some of his shots and unbelievable terrain in others.  With over 680 photos shared, his extensive feed is fun to browse through.
@travelindan
682 photos  42,100 followers
   
Aimee Fuller (Great Britain)
Aimee Fuller is a 22 year old snowboarder from the UK.  She is a huge IG user having shared over 650 photos so a great follow for the Olympics.
@aimee_fuller
650 photos  18,000 followers


Amazing Sochi shot from @nateholland
Nate Holland (USA)
Holland competes in the epicly cool event of Snowboard Cross -- Racing on Snowboards.  He also is an amazing amateur photographer and takes some unbelievable shots going "off trail".  He has shared over 300 photos on IG so you will want to follow Nate.
@nateholland
300 photos  2,800 followers
   
Jenny Jones (Great Britain)
At 33 years old, Jenny Jones is the oldest Snowboard competitor but age did not seem to slow her down as she threw down excellent runs in Slopestyle and grabbed the Bronze medal on Day 2 of the Sochi Winter Games.
@jennyjonessnow
265 photos  9,800 followers


Sage and Aimee Fuller from @sagekotsenburg
Sage Kotsenburg (USA)
Kotsenburg grabbed the first US Gold medal in Sochi competing in the Slopestyle Snowboard event.  Big air and amazing tricks are the mainstay for Sage and he might also be one of the most active Instagram users in the game.  Definitely follow this interesting athlets on IG.
@sagekotsenburg
650 photos  43,000 followers

Mark McMorris (Canada)
McMorris was the favorite to win Gold in the Slopestyle Snowboarding event until he broke a rib in a practice run.  Despite that injury he is still competing and coming off a Gold medal performance in the Winter X Games.  He is a prolific IG user and a must follow for snowboarding fans.
@markmcmorris
595 photos  204,700 followers
Snowboarders at practice from @siljenorendal

Silje Norendal (Norway)
Coming off a Gold medal performance in the 2014 Winter X Games, there is a lot of hope for Norway to grab a few medals in the Snowboarding events.  She will be competing in both the Slopestyle and Halfpipe events in Sochi.
@siljenorendal
274 photos  72,000 followers

Max Parrot (Canada)
Parrot is a 19 year old Slopestyle snowboarder from Canada and the reigning X Games Champion.  He is one of the favorites to medal in Sochi.
@maxparrot
227 photos  16,700 followers



Shaun White (USA)
Shaun White has done more for the growth of snowboarding than any other athlete.  Having won multiple Golds in two Olympic Games, he is back in Sochi for his 3rd games to continue to set all the records for snowboarding.
@shaunwhite
175 photos  190,000 followers


Other Events
There are so many other events in the Olympics and I will try to capture other interesting athletes to follow from these other events such as Speed Skating, Bobsled, Nordic sports and more.

Jorrit Bergsma (Netherlands)
Another of the strong Dutch skaters, Bergsma won the Bronze medal in the first speed skating event the 5,000 meters in Sochi 2014.
@jorritj
35 photos  350 followers
Celski on the Short Track from @celskeet

Marit Bjorgen (Norway)
Marit is a Skiathlon competitor and one of the best ever.  She retained her Gold medal status in Sochi after also winning the Gold in the marathon event in Vancouver.
@mabjoerg
24 photos  32,500 followers

Havard Bokko (Norway)
Bokka is a Norwegian Speed Skater competing in the shorter Speed events.  This is his second Olympics and he hopes to improve on his Bronze medal performance in Vancouver. 
@havardbokko
125 photos  7,200 followers

J.R. Celski (USA)
JR is a 23 year old from Salt Lake City.  Competing in his second Olympics, he has taken the mantle from Apollo Ohno as the best hope for medals on the Speed Skating Short Track.
@celskeet
177 photos  8,300 followers

TeamUSA competitors from @k8ertotz
Kate Hanson (USA)
Hanson is a 21 year old Luge competitor from California.  She is also now better known from viral videos of her pre-race dancing to Beyonce.  She is taking full advantage of Instagram to document her journey in Sochi for all her fans and friends.
@k8ertotz
108 photos  3,500 followers

Lolo Jones (USA)
One of those rare Olympic athletes that competes both in Summer and Winter Olympics.  Lolo will be in Sochi competing in the Bobsled events this time after competing in the Hurdles in the 2012 London Games. 
@lolojones
118 photos  132,000 followers
 




Sven Kramer (Netherlands)
Tutt and Tanaka from @speedsk8ter92
Kramer is a Dutch long distance speed skater and already a Gold Medal winner in the 5,000 meters in Vancouver 2010.  However, after racing what would have been a Gold Medal time in the 10,000 meters, he was disqualified for his foot going over the top of a cone during a lane change.  He is back to avenge Vancouver and hopes to win Gold in both events this time.
@svenkramer
56 photos  18,000 follower

Atsuko Tanaka (Canada)
In the first ever Women's Ski Jumping event, Tanaka will be flying through the air for TeamCanada.  She is also a great photo sharer on Instagram and you will find lots of behind the scenes pics.
@japanada01
296 photos  500 followers

Sunday, October 13, 2013

15 Top Defensive NFL Players on Instagram

Dontari Poe sack from @poemans_dream
Okay, so we have had our fun with the best offensive players using IG, but now its time to turn our attention to defense.   If you relish the big hits, forced fumbles and interceptions of great defensive squads in the NFL, then I am about to rock your world.  You can follow many of your favorite NFL defensive players on Instagram to get a glimpse into their lives.

I have put together a list of some of the best known defensive player that are also active using IG.  I am not going to include any players that have just a couple of photos, these are also top players that have shared lots of pictures with fans.  They share shots of the team, press and media events as well as personal shots with their family and friends.   As with offense, the list is skewed toward younger players as they are much more likely to be active on IG than older players.

So without further ado, here are some of the best defensive players to follow on Instagram organized into defensive categories (in alpha order within each category).

Defensive Linemen

Cameron Jordan, Defensive End (New Orleans Saints)
A 3rd year player in the NFL, Jordan is a big part of the resurgent Saints defense in 2013.  Jordan has been a solid force in both the run game and pass rush for the Saints.  Through just 5 games, he has already logged half the sacks (4) that he had in all of 2012.
@camjordan94
180 photos  9,700 followers

Dontari Poe, Defensive Tackle (Kansas City Chiefs)
Kansas City has put together one of the stingiest defenses in the NFL in 2013 and 2nd year player, Poe, is one of the keys to that defense.  He has logged 4.5 sacks through 5 games of the seasons and over 19 combined tackles.  This exciting young player out of University of Memphis is definitely worth following.
@poemans_dream
265 photos  4,300 followers

Robert Quinn, Defensive End (St. Louis Rams)
In just his 3rd season in the League, Quinn has established himself as one of the sacks leaders in the NFL.  He logged 10.5 sacks in 2012 and has already achieved half that number through 5 games in 2013.  He is also an active IG user.
@rquinn94
266 photos  4,800 followers
 

Ndamukong Suh, Defensive Tackle (Detroit Lions)
Playing in just his 4th season in the NFL, Suh has been a lightning rod for media attention.  His aggressive personality has helped him log 137 combined tackles during his first 3 years but also left him fined several times for questionable behavior.  If he can control his aggression within the rules, he may just end up a hall of fame DT.
67 photos  33,000 followers

Demarcus Ware, Defensive End (Dallas Cowboys)
Playing in his 9th season in the NFL, Ware has 115 sacks during that span, and over 550 combined tackles.  Ware continues to be a dominant pass rusher and is off to another good start in 2013. 
230 photos  85,000 followers
 
Watt at Wisconsin game from @justinjames99
J.J. Watt, Defensive End (Houston Texans)
In just his third season in the League, JJ Watts has established himself as one of the most dominating Defensive Linemen in the game.  He lead the NFL in sacks in 2012 with 20.5, won NFL Defensive Player of the Year and became the first player in NFL history to have at least 16 sacks and 15 blocked passes in a single season.
92 photos  100,000 followers


Linebackers

Lance Briggs, Middle Linebacker (Chicago Bears)
With the retirement of Brian Urlacher in 2012, the Bears staunch defense became Briggs squad and he has relished the challenge and was leading the league in tackles through 5 games.  In his 11th season in the League, he is no longer the fastest linebacker but he makes up for that with brains and a nose for the football.
@lancebriggs
104 photos  10,000 followers

Clay Matthews, Middle Linebacker (Green Bay Packers)
With the retirement of Ray Lewis and Brian Urlacher, Matthews becomes the most well known Linebacker in the NFL.  As the anchor of the Green Bay defense, Matthews is fun to follow.  He has not yet started to share many photos but hopefully he will soon.
@clay_matthews52
Victory plane ride home from @rmathis_the1st
15 photos  12,500 followers

Robert Mathis, Outside Linebacker (Indianapolis Colts)
Mathis is playing in his 11th season in the NFL and yet he is still has one of the quickest pass rushes in the League.  He has logged over 100 sacks in the NFL during his career and is off to a blistering pace in 2013 with 9.5 sacks through 5 games.
@rmathis_the1st
180 photos  7,100 followers

Shaun Phillips, Outside Linebacker (Denver Broncos)
The Broncos are on a roll this year and currently #1 in the power rankings.  While the offense is amazing, their defense has been incredibly good this year too.  Phillips is one of the reasons why the defense is so improved.  Coming over from San Diego this year, Phillips has brought an aggressive pass rush and has already logged 5.5 sacks through 5 games.  He is very active on IG having shared over 600 photos.
@shaunphillips90
620 photos  8,200 followers

Aldon Smith, Outside Linebacker (San Francisco 49ers)
Smith has quickly become one of the best pass rushers in the game.  In just his 3rd year in the league, he has already registered over 38 sacks.  He was second in 2012, with 19.5 sacks.  He has a bright NFL career ahead and a good player to follow on Instagram.
@aldonsmith
133 photos  165,000 followers

Defensive Backs

Thomas DeCoud, Safety (Atlanta Falcons)
DeCoud is in his 6th year in the NFL and has anchored the Falcons defensive backfield during that time.  He is a hit master logging over 330 tackles during his career.  He is also one of the most active NFL Instagram users sharing over 1,800 photos.
@twentyate28
1837 photos  16,500 followers

Patrick Peterson, Cornerback (Arizona Cardinals)
In his 3rd year in the NFL out of LSU, Peterson is widely considered one of the best cover corners in the NFL.  He has 12 interceptions over 2.3 years in the league and is an exciting player to watch.  He has not started sharing many photos yet but hopefully he will increase it in the near future.
@patrickpeterson21
21 photos  9,200 followers

Troy Polamalu, Safety (Pittsburgh Steelers)
In his 11th season in the NFL, Polamalu is probably best known for his long hair that he wears loose during games.  He has been the anchor of the Steelers defensive backfield for all 11 years and has over 30 career interceptions and over 660 combined tackles.
@tpolamalu
16 photos  62,000 followers

Verner on game day from @atv20
Alterraun Verner, Cornerback (Tennessee Titans)
One of the key reasons for the Titans resurgence in 2013 has been defense and Verner is a key part of that defense.  In his 4th years in the NFL, Verner has developed into top notch DB and already has 4 interceptions over the first 5 games of the year.
@atv20
313 photos  3,500 followers

Major Wright, Safety (Chicago Bears)
In his 4th season out of University of Florida, Major Wright is a key factor in the Bears takeaway-oriented defense.  During his 3.5 years, he has logged over 198 combined tackles, 9 interceptions and 3 forced fumbles.
@lilmade21
191 photos  9,800 followers

Sunday, September 8, 2013

25 Top Offensive NFL Players on Instagram

Torrey Smith, Super Bowl celebration from @torreysmithwr
Finally, football season is here and our Sundays are scheduled up for the next several months!  If you are a huge NFL Football fan, like me, then I have just the thing to enhance your fan experience -- Instagram.  Huh, you mean that social media site that Facebook acquired?  I don't have time for social media, I have 3 fantasy football teams to manage.

Think again football fans -- Instagram is an excellent way to supplement your football fandom.  Many NFL players are using IG to share behind the scenes looks at life as a pro player.  Hundreds of players are on IG including some of the top names in the game.  And flipping through Instagram is easy on your smartphone.  It is the perfect activity during annoying commercials.

You can also follow all of the NFL teams on Instagram but I have not included them here because it is very easy to do a search on IG and find the official account for your favorite team.

Gear Up For NFL Sundays!I am starting this week with some of the top Offensive Players to follow on Instagram.  I will publish a second article next week with the top Defensive Players to follow.  I have put a lot of research into finding these players IG accounts because there are not verified accounts like on Twitter.  I hope you enjoy the article and follow many of these offensive players to enhance your NFL experience.

NOTE: Players are in alpha order by category. Please don't be offended if you could not find your favorite player, it probably means they do not have or are not active on IG.


Quarterbacks
There are not a lot of NFL Quarterbacks on Instagram, but luckily some of the most exciting young QBs are there:

Kaepernick with Desean Jackson from @kaepernick7
Colin Kaepernick (San Francisco 49ers)
Few NFL stories last season were as compelling as Colin's.  Taking over the team in Week 10  after an injury to Alex Smith, Kaepernick and the 49ers got on a roll that ended with them losing to the Baltimore Ravens in the Super Bowl.  This will be Colin's first full year as a starter and the future is looking very bright in SF.
@kaepernick7
160 photos  625,000 followers

Matt Hasselback (Indianapolis Colts)
A long-time NFL starter for the Seattle Seahawks and Tennessee Titans, Matt is now the backup in Indy and helping to mentor Andrew Luck in his QB role.  Going into his 15th season in the NFL, Hasselback is the epitome of QB longevity.
@hassellback
230 photos  6,300 followers

Christian Ponder (Minnesota Vikings)
Christian Ponder is going into his 3rd season in the NFL after his playing his college ball at Florida State.  Ponder became the starter midway through his rookie season and was firmly entrenched last year throwing for over 2,900 yards in his sophomore year.  More importantly, he does not make a lot of mistakes (only 12 interceptions) so that the team can keep handing the ball off to Adrian Peterson.
@cpseven
45 photos  16,000 followers

Russell Wilson (Seattle Seahawks)
Wilson came into camp his rookie year as a sure backup, but he impressed the coaches so much that he ended up starting the his entire rookie season.  He threw for over 3,100 yards his rookie year with a 100 QB rating.  He did not make a lot of mistakes and the Seahawks are a serious contender again.  Look for a great sophomore campaign this year.
@dangerusswilson
250 photos  138,000 followers


Running Backs
Running backs have been more active on IG and here are some of the top running backs to follow on Instagram.
Reggie and Calvin Johnson from @reggiebush

Reggie Bush (Detroit Lions)
One of the most exciting runners in the game, Reggie Bush has been in the media spotlight since his playing days at USC.  Now with his third NFL team, the Lions, he is teamed up with an explosive offensive that includes Matt Stafford and Calvin Johnson.  He is as good of a pass catcher as runner so perfectly suited for the Lions offense.
@reggiebush
200 photos  276,000 followers

Jamaal Charles (Kansas City Chiefs)
Unless you play fantasy football, you might not have ever heard of Jamaal Charles because he plays for the Kansas City Chiefs.  However, he is one of the most dynamic young running backs in the game.  In his first 5 seasons in the NFL, he has rushed for over 1,000 yards in 3 of them and was out with a knee injury for one of those seasons.  In 2012, he gained for over 200 yards in two games demonstrating his explosive running abilities.
@djcharles25
440 photos  19,000 followers

Matt Forte at Camp for underprivileged kids @mforte22
Matt Forte (Chicago Bears)
Matt Forte is one of the most flexible RBs in the NFL.  In his first 5 seasons in the league he has combined for more than 1,400 total yards in 4 of them, including 2011 when he only played in 12 games.  He is a great pass catcher and a quick fast runner that can elude tackles both at the line or downfield.
@mforte22
80 photos  12,000 followers

Chris Johnson (Tennessee Titans)
Going into his 6th season in the NFL, Chris Johnson is one of the most powerful runners in the game.  He has gained over 1,000 yards in each of his first 5 seasons in the league and ran for over 2,000 yards in second season, 2009-2010.  He probably would have gained even more yards playing with a more consistent offense.
@chrisjohnsontwo8
325 photos  19,000 followers

Marshawn Lynch (Seattle Seahawks)
Lynch is a large bruising back who is going into his 8th season in the NFL.  He has split time between Seattle and Buffalo and rushed for over 1,000 yards in 4 of his 7 seasons.  He is coming off his best year in 2012 when he gained over 1,500 yards.
Doug Martin signing autographs from @dougmartin22
@moneylynch24
45 photos  23,000 followers 

Doug Martin (Tampa Bay Buccaneers)
Doug Martin was one of the most exciting rookies in the NFL in 2012.  He rushed for over 1,400 yards and had another 470 receiving yards during his rookie season, including a 251 yard effort against the lowly Oakland Raiders.  Bucs fans are excited about the future with this exciting Boise St player on the roster.
@dougmartin22
200 photos  12,000 followers

Alfred Morris (Washington Redskins)
Most of the rookie accolades last year went to the phenomenal RG3, however, another quiet rookie on the Redskins had a spectacular season, Alfred Morris.  A little known player out of Florida Atlantic University, Morris shocked the world to amass over 1,600 yards during his rookie campaign.  Redskins fans are quite happy with their two Sophomore superstars.
@thoroughbred_fred
69 photos  36,000 followers

Adrian Peterson (Minnesota Vikings)
When healthy, Peterson is the currently the best in the game.  After rehabbing reconstructive knee surgery during most of 2011, Adrian came back last year to gain over 2,000 yards rushing and joining an elite group of running backs in history.  In only 6 seasons in the NFL, Peterson has racked up over 8,800 total yards.  He is not yet very active on IG, but only just got started.
@adp2k
24 photos  18,500 followers

CJ Spiller (Buffalo Bills)
Like the Denver Broncos, the Bills have a real knack for finding great running backs.  Their latest find is CJ Spiller out of Clemson.  Last year was a breakout year for Spiller, who gained over 1,700 combined rushing and receiving yards last year.  Fantasy fans expect more big things from Spiller in 2013-2014.
@cjspiller28
87 photos  25,000 followers


Receivers and Tight Ends
More than any other football group, the wide receivers and tight ends have embraced Instagram to share lots of photos and posts.  You will find three of the most prolific NFL sharers in this group including Desean Jackson, Vernon Davis and Torrey Smith.

Anquan Boldin (San Francisco 49ers)
Anquan is going into his 11th season in the NFL.  He played with Larry Fitzgerald in Arizona for the first 7 years and then played three seasons with the Ravens including getting a Super Bowl ring last year.  He is now with the 49ers and looking to get another ring with this contending NFC team.
@anquanboldin
54 photos  37,000 followers
Vernon Davis after practice from @vernondavis85

Vernon Davis (San Francisco 49ers)
One of the early adopters of Instagram, Vernon Davis is probably the most followed NFL player with over 1.1 million followers.  Vernon is a testament to the fact that you will gain more followers if you actively post photos and he has posted hundreds of photos for fans.  As one of the key components to the 49ers Super Bowl run, Davis is a must follow for any NFL fan.
@vernondavis85
740 photos  1.1 million followers

Desean Jackson (Philadelphia Eagles)
Maybe the most prolific sharer in the NFL, Desean has posted over 1,300 photos on IG.  In his 6th season in the NFL, Desean is a speedster out of California (Berkeley).  He has gained for over 1,000 yards in 2 of his first 5 seasons and it could have been more if Philadelphia could get a consistent QB starter.
@jaccpot10
1300 photos  207,000 followers

Larry Fitzgerald (Arizona Cardinals)
There are three receivers in the NFL that you would come to mind for both greatness and longevity, Fitzgerald, Andre Johnson (Houston) and Steve Smith (Carolina).  Fitzgerald is going into his 10th season and has gained over 10,000 receiving yards in his first 9 years.  He is a sure NFL Hall of Famer and a must follow for true NFL fans.
@larryfitzgerald
120 photos  48,000 followers

Garcon signing autographs from @pierregarcon
Pierre Garcon (Washington Redskins)
In his 6th NFL season, Garcon started his career playing with Peyton Manning at Indianapolis but he spent a few years as a backup before getting the starting job in 2011.  He amassed over 900 yards receiving that year.  Last year, he moved to Washington to pair with RG3. He was hobbled by injury in 2012 and only played in 10 games but still caught 67 balls for over 600 yards.  Redskins fans are excited to see what a healthy RG3 to Garcon connection will produce in coming years.
@pierregarcon
91 photos  21,000 followers

A.J. Green (Cincinnati Bengals)
Often the third year is the breakout year for a wide receiver.  However, it is hard to imagine AJ Green getting better than his first two seasons in which he had over 1,000 receiving yards in both.  Last year, he caught 97 balls for 1,350 yards and 11 TDs.  He is a dynamic receiver who stands 6'4" and is nearly impossible to cover.  His future is very bright.
@ajgreen_18
140 photos  51,000 followers

Andre Johnson (Houston Texans)
Andre Johnson is often overshadowed by the other prolific Johnson receiver in the NFL, because he plays down in Houston and is less flashy than Calvin.  However, fantasy fans have known Andre is a consistent fantasy superstar for years.  Going into his 11th season in the NFL (all with Houston), Andre has gained over 11,000 yards receiving in his first 10 years.  He has 6 years of receiving over 1,000 yards, including 3 where he caught for over 1,500 yards -- thus his moniker ajohnson1500!
@ajohnson1500
140 photos  75,000 followers

Julio Jones (Atlanta Falcons)
Julio is off to an amazing start to his NFL career.  In his first two seasons, he caught 133 balls for over 2,100 yards and 18 TDs.  He is a TD maker, with dynamic moves that lead to lots of yards after the catch.  Playing in the explosive Falcons offense will give Julio lots of chances to show of those moves in the years to come.
@juliojones_11
 82 photos  63,000 followers

Brandon Marshall (Chicago Bears)
Brandon Marshall clearly has a special relationship with QB
Jay Cutler. His first two full years with Cutler at the Broncos, he averaged about 1,300 yards per year.  During his next 3 seasons with other QBs, he only averaged 1,100 yards per season.  Then reunited this past years, Marshall exploded for 1,508 yards.  It will be exciting to see what they can do together in the years ahead.
Torrey & Coach Harbaugh - White House @torreysmithwr
@thebmarshall
100 photos  11,000 followers

Torrey Smith (Baltimore Ravens)
Like Vernon Davis, Torrey Smith is an incredibly active Instagram user sharing nearly 1,000 photos.  Given his breakout year with the Super Bowl Champion Ravens, Smith is a great follow for football fans.  Smith is going into his 3rd year out of Maryland and he caught over 900 yards in each of his first two seasons.  I am guessing, 2013-2014 produces his first 1,000 yard season as the go-to guy in Baltimore.
@torreysmithwr
914 photos  133,000 followers



Offensive Linemans 
I have to admit that the offensive lineman were the toughest group to research.  First, there is not a clear ranking of o lineman like you find with the scoring positions -- because of fantasy football.  Second, these guys fly below the radar.  They are not followed by as many of the typical outlets I use to find players on Instagram.  Having said that, I was able to find some of the top offensive lineman on Instagram and have shared them here.


Bryant McKinnie (Baltimore Ravens)
The Ravens offensive line is considered one of the top 10 in the NFL and McKinnie is one of the keys in this top line.  In his 12th year in the NFL, McKinnie has moved to the starting LT position for the 2013-2014 season.  McKinnie is also one of the most active IG users among NFL players having posted almost 1,000 photos.
@bryantmckinnie
967 photos  25,000 followers

Michael Oher (Baltimore Ravens)
Michael Oher brings both a Hollywood and NFL connection.  If you have seen the tremendous movie, The Blind Side, it is the story of Oher's life.  A heart warming story, Oher is a great NFL follow because you get some NFL, some Hollywood stars and a brief glimpse into the family behind the story.
@michaeloher
270 photos  50,000 followers

Joe Staley looking dapper with fiance' from @jstaley74
Wade Smith (Houston Texans)
Wade Smith is a the starting LG for the Texans, a Top 15 offensive line.  He is going into his 11th season in the NFL, all with the Texans.  The Texans continue to threaten a deep run to the Super Bowl so Smitty is a good follow for NFL fans.
@smitty74allday
200 photos  6,900 followers

Joe Staley (San Francisco 49ers)
Staley is a 7th year player with one of the Top 3 offensive lines in the NFL.  Staley is the LT anchoring the solid left side of the 49ers line. 
@jstaley74
143 photos  25,000 followers

Monday, August 12, 2013

25 Top Techno and EDM Artists on Instagram

Great crowd shot in Los Angeles from @Zedd
Every generation has its own music genre that is embraced by teens, and of course, scares the hell out of their parents.  This generation's favorite music genre is Electronic Dance Music ("EDM").  EDM comes in many different variations from traditional House Music to Techno to Dubstep to Trap Music.

While the music itself is fairly innocuous combining catchy pop music melodies and earth shaking bass beats, it is the "trance" and "rave" events that scare these teens parents.  Many of the young attendees are "rolling" on designer drugs like Ectasy and its powder form, Molly, or psychedelics like mushrooms and LSD.

EDM festivals have begun springing up across the US including Electric Zoo in NYC, Spring Awakening in Chicago, Electric Daisy Carnival in Las Vegas and the Detroit Electronic Music Festival.  In addition, the traditional music festivals like Lollapalooza, Coachella and Bonnaroo have all added a lot of top Techno acts to their line-ups.

The Perry's Stage at Lollapalooza has been the most consistently popular stage at the festival for the past two years.  Packed with high school and college students, Perry's at Lolla 2013 was a whirling vortex of writhing teens bouncing to the powerful beats of Steve Aoki, Steve Angello, KnifeParty, Major Lazer, Flux Pavillion and many more.

The EDM artists have all embraced social media, and in particular Instagram.  They share photos from their travels around the world and often post photos from the stage of their sets.  We are highlighting the accounts for some of the most popular EDM artists on Instagram (listed in alphabetical order).  Note that if you do not see your favorite Electro artist here, it probably means that we could not find them on IG.

Afrojack
Nick van de Wall (aka Afrojack) is an EDM artist and producer out of the Netherlands.  He is one of the most commercially successful of the Techno DJs with several successful radio hits including "Take Over Control" and "Can't Stop Me".
@afrojack
210 photos 170,000 followers 


Alesso
Alessandro Lindblad (aka Alesso) is Techno artist from Sweden.  Starting first with remixes of others songs, he has transitioned into an original music artist with several popular EDM songs and his first single release this year called "Under Control" which is a collaboration with Calvin Harris.
@alesso
240 photos 163,000 followers 
Steve Angello
Steve Angello is an electronic artist out of Sweden and a member of Swedish House Mafia, whose hits include “Don’t You Worry Child” and "Save the World".  He tours as a solo artist and is a headliner at EDM festivals all over the world.  Check out the video above to get a taste of the finale from his outstanding performance at Lollapalooza 2013.
@steveangello
600 photos 260,000 followers  

Steve Aoki
Steve Aoki and Lil Jon at Lolla from @steveaoki
Steve Aoki is an electro composer, musician and record producer from Newport Beach, CA. Steve produces a combination of remixes and original music and travels the world performing for huge crowds.  He was also a headliner at Lolla 2013 and added a surprise guest, rapper Lil Jon.  Aoki shares more photos than most other celebrities so he is a lot of fun to follow.
@steveaoki
2,200 photos 620,000 followers  

Baauer
Harry Bauer Rodrigues (aka Baauer) is Trap music artist from NYC. He grabbed international attention with his viral video hit "Harlem Shake".  Which is the first single to ever reach #1 on the Billboard charts based on its youtube success without ever achieving major radio airplay.  While his original video has been viewed over 20 million times, it has also spawned hundreds of thousands of copycat videos.
@baauer
370 photos 42,000 followers

Bassnectar
Lorin Ashton (aka Bassnectar) is an electronic dubstep music producer from Santa Cruz, CA.  Heavily influenced by the metal bands of the 80s and 90s, Bassnectar brings a more edgy mix of techno music to his fans.  He travels around the country and has a hardcore group of fans, called Bassheads, that travel to many of his shows.
@bassnectar
280 photos 64,000 followers 

Boys Noize
Alexander Ridha (aka Boys Noize) hails from Hamburg, Germany and is an electronic Techno DJ, artist, songwriter and founder of Boys Noize Records.  He has released several albums and singles including a collaboration with Snoop Dogg on "Got It".  He recently teamed up with Skrillex to release a few singles under the moniker, Dog Blood, and the two are currently touring together.
@boysnoize
280 photos 64,000 followers 

Deadmau5 with a jet engine from @deadmau5
Deadmau5
Joel Thomas Zimmerman (aka Deadmau5) is one of the original progressive house and trance music producers and very well known around the world.  His signature "mouse head" is an iconic logo that is instantly recognizable to most people under the age of 30.  He has won many awards as an electronic music producer but has not yet received the radio airplay of many of the contemporary techno artists.  However, Deadmau5 is doing just fine selling out shows around the world and selling hundreds of thousands of albums.
@deadmau5
620 photos 770,000 followers

Dada Life
Dada Life is a Swedish Electro house music duo including Olle Corneer and Stefan Engblom.  While they have been rocking out crowds in Sweden since 2006, they have only recently burst onto the international scene with "Kick out the Epic Mother***" and "So Young So High".  Their songs typically feature a distinctive child-like computerized voice singing their lyrics.
@dadalife
440 photos 90,000 followers

Diplo
Thomas Wesley Pentz (aka Diplo) is an LA based Techno DJ, music producer, songwriter and founder of Mad Decent Records.  He has worked on production projects with Justin Bieber, Beyonce and Usher.  He has released 3 albums and several EPs.
@diplo
1250 photos 310,000 followers

Dogblood
Dogblood is a side project collaboration between Skrillex and Boys Noize. While each of these EDM stars have their own thriving careers, they are currently touring together after having collaborated on a few singles.  Dogblood's music falls into the acid techno music with edgier sounds than typical techno.  It falls into the same category with Kill the Noise and Knife Party.
@dogblood
50 photos 11,000 followers
Stage shot from @flosstradamus

Flosstradamus
Flosstradamus is a Chicago-based EDM duo including Josh Young and Curt Cameruci.  They have collaborated with several other top hip hop and EDM stars including Baauer, Kid Sister and Diplo.
@flosstradamus
300 photos 41,000 followers

Flux Pavilion
Joshua Steele (aka Flux Pavilion) is a EDM dubstep music producer from Great Britian and cofounder of Circus Records. His brand of techno dubstep tends to be a bit edgier than most.  He has built a devoted following with his distinctive sound such as "I Can't Stop" and "Bass Cannon".
@fluxpavilion
210 photos 30,000 followers

Dillon Francis
Dillon Francis is an electronic music producer from Los Angeles, CA and one of the pioneers of the moonbahcore form of trance music. After working on a lot of remixes as a DJ, Francis released his first EP of original music in 2010.
@dillonfrancis
800 photos 117 ,000 followers

David with Steve Aoki from @davidguetta
David Guetta
David Guetta is a French Electro house music producer who achieved international success with his 2009 release of One Love, which included hit singles "When Love Takes Over", "Sexy Bitch" and "Memories".   His follow-up 2011 album was just as successful with hits like "Without You" and "Titanium".  He has sold over 6 million albums and 15 million singles worldwide and certainly one of the most successful house music composers to date.
@davidguetta
160 photos 600,000 followers

Calvin Harris
Adam Richard Wiles (aka Calvin Harris) is Scottish electronic artist and producer.  He is one of the most commercially successful of the EDM artists releasing three studio albums with several Top 10 Billboard songs including "I Need your Love" and "I'm Not Alone" with Ellie Goulding, "Sweet Nothing" with Florence Welch and "Let's Go" with Ne-Yo.
@calvinharris
620 photos 530,000 followers

Keys N Krates
Keys N Krates is a Toronto based EDM band and one of the most unique acts in the Techno universe.  Unlike other EDM artists which are primarily behind mixing equipment, Keys actually combines drums, keyboards and mixing equipment with three band members, Adam Tune (drums), David Matisse (keyboards) and Jr. Flo (mixers).
@keysnkrates
70 photos 1,400 followers

Kill the Noise
Jake Stanczak (aka Kill the Noise) is an electronic music producer from Rochester, NY.  His music comes with a definite edge that attempts to bridge the gap between metal and techno music.  He has collaborated with metal band Korn and rapper Ludacris.
@killthenoise
160 photos 24,000 followers

Knife Party
Knife Party is an Australian electro house duo consisting of Rob Swire and Gareth McGrillen. Originally, members of a metal band, they changed course after hearing Konflict’s “Messiah”.  Their dubstep style is much edgier than most other electro DJs and fits into the acid house category with Kill the Noise and Dogblood.  Only Gareth seems to be an active Instagram user.
@garethknifeparty
210 photos 25,000 followers

Krewella
Hamsterballing from @MajorLazer
Krewella is an EDM trio from Chicago, IL consisting of Jahan Yousef, Yasmine Yousef and Kris Trindl (Rain Man).  Formed in 2011, they band has not wasted any time to release their first EP, Play Hard, in 2012.  They plan to release their first full album in September 2013 and Billboard Music has declared that it is going to be a huge year for Krewella.
@krewellamusic
240 photos 81,000 followers

Major Lazer
Major Lazer is electro reggae project created by Diplo (see above).  Diplo and two other artists, Jillionaire and Walshy Fire record and tour as Major Lazer.  Their music is unique in the EDM space because of the reggae, island flair.  They are also one of the few groups that usually crowd-surfs in a giant hamster ball at their shows.
@majorlazer
420 photos 88,000 followers

Modestep
Modestep is an EDM band from London. Their members include brothers, Josh and Tony Friend, Matthew Curtis and Nick Tsang. Josh Friend is the lead singer and official Instagrammer for the group. He is very active posting pics on and off stage.  You can also follow the Official Modestep IG account but it is much less active than Josh.
@joshmodestep
600 photos 15,000 followers
@modestepofficial
10 photos 1,500 followers

Paul Oakenfold
Paul Oakenfold is an Electro DJ and music producer from Britian.  At 50, he is one of the oldest players in the game he is still highly relevant as he has transformed his style with the changes in the industry.  He has collaborated with many musical artists and served as agent for The Beastie Boys and Run-DMC back in the day.
@pauloakenfold
210 photos 16,000 followers

Skrillex
Sonny John Moore (aka Skrillex) is an American Techno and Dubstep artist and songwriter from California. Moore started his music career in a hard rock band called From First to Last but left as the techno movement was taking hold to become an EDM artist.  He has released 6 EPs as a solo artist and won 6 Grammy Awards.  He recently began to collaborate with Boys Noize on Dog Blood, and the two have been touring under that band name.
@skrillex
480 photos 910,000 followers

Tiesto
Tijs Michiel Verwest is a Dutch musician and EDM music producer.  He started as a DJ back in the 90s and progressed to one of the new breed of software-enabled Techno musicians in the 2000s.  Tiesto has released 5 studio albums and has won a number of European music awards. 
@tiesto
570 photos 440,000 followers

Cal and Rez at Wrigley while in Chicago for Lolla @timeflies
Timeflies
Timeflies is an American electro music duo consisting of Rob Resnick and Cal Shapiro.  The two met at Tufts University in Boston and moved to NYC together after graduating.  They released their debut album in September 2011.  They released an EP in 2012 and both records did well on iTunes.  However, it is their first radio single, "I Choose U", released in April 2013 that is catapulting them to international success.
@timefliesmusic
240 photos 45,000 followers

Zedd
Anton Zaslavski (aka Zedd) is a Russian-born, German musician and EDM music producer.  He is a musical prodigy that began playing instruments at age 4.  Zedd is a brilliant songwriter that has created some incredibly catchy songs at a very young age.  Zedd released his first album in 2012 and its first single "Clarity" reached #8 on the Billboard charts.  However, there are several other songs from this album that are also likely to hit the Top 10 after the receive radio airplay including "Spectrum" and "Follow You Down".
@zedd
130 photos 144,000 followers


Friday, July 26, 2013

40 Intriguing Instagram Celebrities to Follow

Alicia Keys and Nicki Minaj from @aliciakeys feed
Instagram provides a very different glimpse into a celebrity's life.  It is almost as if they become their own paparazzi and provide us a behind the scenes look at their lives.  From musicians to movie stars to pro athletes to reality stars, you can find fascinating celebrities on Instagram. Unlike Facebook Pages or their own publicity-based celebrity websites, Instagram is for sharing personal photos. These celebs share photos taken by them and their friends and family. It is a fun way to increase your insight into your favorite celebrities lives. 

One of the great things about IG is that the photos are taken by the users.  They are not stock photos, or movie stills, they are shots of Taylor Swift with her cat, or Justin Bieber and his mom.  You are getting real pictures from their real life, not the make believe publicity life.   It is also not a spammy site where people try to market other websites. Instead it is purely a photo sharing site, usually by the person that snapped the photo.

But you have to know who to follow on Instagram and their IG handle.  So here is a little roadmap for you to follow some of the biggest celebrities using Instagram.  We are highlighting 40 active Instagram celebs that bring a unique and compelling flair to their photo sharing. We have included users from four distinct categories; Pop Stars, Actors and Actresses, Sports Figures and some Edgy IG Celebrities.

While IG is only accessible as a mobile app, there are several web based viewers for IG photos. Three of the most popular viewers are Webstagram, Statigram and Ink361. This can make it a bit easier to navigate and monitor people you are following, make comments, etc.  I have provided a link to one of these sites for each celebrity so you can easily follow them on Instagram.

You will notice a lot more young celebs in the list because young people have taken to IG than their older counterparts.  Hopefully over time more of the older celebrities will also start sharing photos on IG.

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Pop Star Celebrities on Instagram
Musicians and pop stars have taken to IG faster than most other celebrities.  In fact, rappers are one of the most active group of IG users.  We have highlighted some of the most followed and interesting Pop Music celebs using IG.

Bieber and crew on the road from @justinbieber feed
Justin Bieber is one of the most followed celebrities using Instagram.  He has bounced between #1 and #2 with Kim Kardashian.  He shares lots of pictures and leads a very fun and interesting life as one of the biggest sex symbols in the US.
@JustinBieber
750 photos 8.7 million followers

Taylor Swift may be the most popular country star of all time.  Yes, I know she is actually a crossover act that largely sings pop now, but her roots were in country.  She is beloved both among young girls as well as older generations because of her honest, wholesome image and her ability to write great songs.
@taylorswift
120 photos 5.3 million followers


Rihanna is another one of the most followed musical artists on Instagram. She is a very active photo sharer, but she does not appear to have a filter.  She will post photos about any aspect of her life and some of them can get quite racy.  Be warned if you don't want to see it all!
@badgalriri
1,300 photos 7.6 million followers

Alicia Keys has a growing following on IG and she gives us an interesting perspective on the city that never sleeps, NYC.  She is fairly active poster and provides us a glimpse into her taste for fashion, music and more.
@aliciakeys
420 photos 1.8 million followers

Carly Rae Jepsen is one of the new pop stars emerging from reality TV.  She was a runner-up in the Canadian X Factor and her #1 hit from 2012, Call me Maybe created some of the most viral youtube videos of all time.  She knows social media and you will find her actively using IG.
@carlyraejepsen
Interesting shot from @jason_mraz feed.
850 photos 1.1 million followers

Jason Mraz is no stranger to technology and uses IG to touch base with his growing fan base.  His unique style of New Orleans jazzy folk rock is representative of his quirky personality and you will find his eye for photography is just as unique.
@jason_mraz
540 photos 870,000 followers

MC Hammer is a blast from the past, but he has jumped into Instagram with both feed and shares many photos each day to his Instagram followers. He provides some interesting perspective from a different era of Hip Hop.
@mchammer
1070 photos 130,000 followers

Kris Allen is the American Idol winner from Season 8.  Surprisingly, he has not built as big a following as some of the other American Idol participants but he is a very active photo sharer.
@kris_allen
470 photos 37,000 followers

Jay Z is one of the most talented recording artist of the 2000s.  Starting as a rapper, he has since branched into producing, promoting and then became an entrepreneur and eventually a part owner of the Brooklyn Nets.  Couple these multiple interests and a wife named Beyonce and Jay Z lives an interesting life.  Follow him on IG to get a backstage pass.
@shawn_carter_
75 photos 370,000 followers

Mike Shinoda is the rapper of the rock band, Linkin Park and also the organizer of the rap group Fort Minor. Mike tours the world with his bands and his photos give us a glimpse into the rock star life.
@m_shinoda
220 photos 87,000 followers

Chris Rene was the runner up in the first season of American X Factor. His is a great story as he was once a drug addict, got sober and then tried out for X Factor. From there it has been a meteoric rise finishing 2nd on the show and releasing hip hop hits.
@mrchrisrene
550 photos 30,000 followers


Actors and Actresses on Instagram
You will find lots of film and TV stars on Instagram if you know where to look.  We have highlighted some of the most followed and interesting actors and actresses from all media outlets.

Jessica with Steven Tyler and Celo Green from @jessicaalba
Jessica Alba is one of the most followed actresses on IG because she is also a successful entrepreneur and founder of The Honest Company. The Honest Company creates non-toxic and eco-friendly products for families from diapers to sunscreens to cleaning products and more. This combination of entrepreneur and actress has really created a following for Jessica.
@jessicaalba
880 photos 1,800,000 followers


Zooey Deschanel is one of the funniest and quirkiest comedians in Hollywood.  Before getting her hit TV show, New Girl, Zooey starred in many movies including Elf, Almost Famous and 500 Days of Summer. Zooey has also been seen on Apple commercials and recorded a music album with M. Ward under the band name, She & Him.
@zooeydeschanel
160 photos 1.9 million followers

Emma Roberts has grown up on movie sets starring in a number of kids and teen movies. She is the daughter of Eric Roberts and niece of Julia Roberts.  She has a fun loving personality and likes to share beautiful photos of fashion, food and art along with her normal daily photos.
@emmaroberts6
530 photos 700,000 followers

Kim Kardashian is not an actress in the strictest sense, but she has become one of the biggest Reality TV celebrities after the success of Keeping Up with the Kardashians. And she is also one of the most followed people on IG.  She has bounced between First and Second most followed with Justin Bieber.
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@kimkardashian
1260 photos 8.5 million followers

Lucy Hale is star of TV's Pretty Little Liars, a popular teen drama about a group of friends trying to solve a mysterious murder. Hale plays Aria on PLL and also dates Chris Zylka, of the Amazing Spider-man film.
@lucyhale89
790 photos 1.7 million followers

Victoria Justice is a teen star in Disney's Victorious sitcom.  She is also one of the multi-talented Disney stars who is also producing pop music albums.  She is tapped into social media and has over 1.4 million Instagram followers.
@victoriajustice
520 photos 1.4 million followers

Ashley Tisdale is another of Disney's biggest stars.  Tisdale started on sitcoms with Disney, then was a key member of the cast of the High School Musical trilogy. She is also singer who has produced a couple of albums. She dates author Scott Speer.
@ashleytis
300 photos 1.27 million followers

Ashley Benson is another of the Pretty Little Liar stars where she plays Hannah.  The show is a huge hit among teen girls and they all have huge followings on IG and Tumblr as a result.
@itsashbenzo
850 photos 1.76 million followers

Cute shot from @cmoretz IG fee
Chord Overstreet is the the handsome, Sam Evans, on Glee. Chord has embraced Instagram and posts backstage photos from Glee and also with his brother who is the lead guitarist from Hot Chelle Rae.
@chordover
230 photos 320,000 followers

Chloe Grace Moretz was the star of one of my favorite comicbook movies, Kickass.  She was the hero, and overall badass teen, Hitgirl.  But Chloe also has an artistic flair that definitely comes through in the photos she shares on IG.  If you did not see Kickass, you might also have seen her in Hugo, 500 Days of Summer, Let Me In or Dark Shadows.
@cmoretz
1,300 photos 480,000 followers


Sports Stars on Instagram
Unfortunately the sports world has not yet embraced Instagram as much as the Music and Acting industries. For instance, Kobe Bryant does not even have an IG account.  However, certain the stars of certain sports have picked up on IG more than others.  For instance, NBA players have become very active on IG.  The NBA Dream Team started off the NBA Instagram craze last summer during the Olympics but many more NBA stars have picked up on it since then.

Lebron James has quickly become one of the most followed celebs in the US and probably the most followed sports stars.  He has been active sharing photos with fans which feeds the fire adding more followers.
@kingjames
From @bethanyhamilton IG feed
300 photos 2.5 million followers

 Bethany Hamilton is the Soul Surfer, the famous pro surfer who lost her arm to a shark attack in her teens.  She has become a charity leader around the World on the strength of the book, movie and other public appearances.  She is great to follow as she travels the World helping others.
@bethanyhamilton

1000 photos 360,000 followers.

  
Mike Tyson has become cool again since the release of the first Hangover movies.  He likes IG and shares some cool photos as he travels the world.  He posts lots of photos with other celebs he meets up with in his travels.
@miketyson
190 photos 540,000 followers

Chad "Ochocinco" Johnson is one of the most controversial players from the NFL.  A former player now, he was exciting and always had some interesting TD celebrations in store for fans.
@ochocinco
680 photos 800,000 followers

Floyd Mayweather is a pro boxer whose large following on IG stems from his exciting life traveling the world.  He shares photos with a wide range of photos with celebs from Rappers to politicians. 
@floydmayweather
470 photos 1.2 million followers

Amazing shot of Tony by @dupedupe from @tonyhawk
Tony Hawk is a pro skateboarder and entrepreneur who is well known by kids around the World.  He shares a lot of photos of himself and other skateboarders performing amazing tricks on boards.
@tonyhawk
1,900 photos 800,000 followers

Stephanie Rice is an Australian swimmer who competes around the world.  She was fun to follow during the London Olympics and posts frequently.
@itsstephrice
630 photos 78,000 followers

Mick Fanning is one of the leading surfers in the country and he loves sharing photos from the around the World. Like skateboarders, surfers lead an interesting counter-culture life.
@mfanno
630 photos 75,000 followers

McKayla Maroney is the adorable gymnast from Team USA's Fab Five who became a viral sensation with the "not impressed" face after winning the Silver Medal on the Vault.
@mckaylamaroney
Decorate with Sports Fatheads
1000 photos 570,000 followers

Adrian Clayborn is a 4th year DE with Tampa Bay and one of the most active NFL players on Instagram. 
@ajaclay94
700 photos 6,700 follower

Usain Bolt is the fastest man on the planet and has now won gold in the Men's 100 meter in two straight Olympic Games.
@usainbolt
240 photos 500,000 followers


Edgy Instagram Celebrities
These IG users are very interesting to follow but they are not always for the faint of heart.  Rappers are some of the most active Instagram users but their feeds are definitely not G rated.  They often provide photos of drinking and drugs and other illicit behavior so proceed with that warning in mind.

Snoop Dogg is one of the most followed music stars on IG and posts 5 to 10 photos a day. Of course Snoop Dogg lives a very different life from all of us and it is quite interesting to watch what is going on in his life each day
@SnoopDogg
2,500 photos 1.8 million followers

Whiz Khalifa is a true rap fan's rapper but his feed requires some parental guidance. There is no filter on his feed, you will see lots of herb and other eye-opening shots. But if you wondered what a rapper's life was like, you will get a good glimpse here.
@mistercap
770 photos 2.0 million followers
Life of a young rapper from @meekmill feed

Meek Mill may not be well known by pop music fans, but rap fans definitely know of him.  There are not many IG users that have shared as many photos as Meekmill.  
@meekmill
4,300 photos 1.5 million followers

Soulja Boy is another popular rapper and a prolific IG user. He has been known to Instagram and Tweet right from the stage during shows.
@souljaboy
1,600 photos 910,000 followers

Mac Miller is a young rapper from Pittsburgh.  He has become very big in the college scene and like other young music stars loves to share behind the scenes shots of the rap life.
@larryfisherman
390 photos 620,000 followers

Chris Haslam is a Canadian skateboarder who also plays bass guitar in a metal band. He is a rocker and a skater and his photo gallery reflects these edgy themes.
@waywardnephew
1260 photos 30,000 followers