The Science Behind Getting More Likes, Comments and Shares on Facebook

The great thing about Facebook is that what works and what doesn’t work can be measured very specifically. And there’s probably nobody more experienced in the science of social media than Dan Zarrella.

Dan recently published an infographic based on more than 1.3 million Facebook updates from the top 10,000 pages.

Here are a few things that stand out:

Photos get the most likes and shares

On your Facebook Page, you can publish updates, videos, photos and links. Of these four type of content, photos get the most likes and shares (as shown below).

Positive or negative is better than nuetral

Facebook users want you to pick a side. Take a stand! For or against!

As shown below, posts with a high positive sentiment get more likes,  while posts with a high negative sentiment get more comments.


Best time of day is around 8:00pm

Facebook users like and comment on content the most around 8pm(local time), but share posts the most around 5pm (local time).

Check out the rest of the infograph at Dan’s blog.


Categories: Engagement