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What is the Lifespan of a Social Media Post?

What is the Lifespan of a Social Media Post?

Digital marketing utilizes tools, processes, content, and techniques to achieve goals such as traffic, visibility, and sales for individuals, brands, and businesses. One crucial component of digital marketing is social media marketing. When executed well, social media marketing delivers multiple benefits, including:

  • Improved brand and marketplace awareness.
  • Engagement with a global audience—there are 4.7 billion active social media users worldwide (Statista, 2022).
  • Increased website traffic.
  • Enhanced search engine optimization (SEO) rankings.

When content is published online, its relevance and engagement have a limited lifespan. An advantageous objective metric is the half-life, the time it takes for a post to receive half of its total engagement (likes, shares, comments). This data can inform strategic decisions, such as the frequency and scheduling of posts.

Based on an analysis of data from 32 diverse sources, this article reveals the average lifespan (half-life) for posts on various platforms, including Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, YouTube, Pinterest, Snapchat, and blogs. Where data sources reported different values for a platform, the average was applied.

The Half-Life of Social Media Posts by Platform


Snapchat is a multimedia instant messaging app where pictures and messages are usually only available for a short time. Snapchat has 557 million active users (Statista, 2022). The average half-life duration for Snapchat posts is 0 minutes, meaning content disappears almost instantly or within 24 hours. This has remained unchanged from the previous analysis (Graffius, 2022).


Twitter, a microblogging and social networking service, has 436 million active users (Statista, 2022). The average half-life duration for tweets is 24 minutes, one minute longer than the previous analysis (Graffius, 2022). This short half-life indicates the need for frequent posting to maintain visibility.


Facebook, owned by Meta Platforms, is the third most visited website with 2.91 billion active users (Statista, 2022). The average half-life duration for Facebook posts is 105 minutes, an increase from 60 minutes in the previous analysis (Graffius, 2022). This suggests that posts remain relevant for a longer period, but still require regular updates to keep the audience engaged.


Instagram, also owned by Meta Platforms, has 1.478 billion active users (Statista, 2022). The average half-life duration for Instagram posts is 1,200 minutes (20 hours), slightly longer than the 1,170 minutes previously reported (Graffius, 2022). Visual content remains engaging for nearly a full day, making consistent posting crucial.


LinkedIn, a professional networking platform owned by Microsoft, claims over 830 million users (LinkedIn, 2022). The average half-life duration for LinkedIn posts is 1,440 minutes (24 hours), unchanged from the prior analysis (Graffius, 2022). This extended half-life means that content can stay relevant for a full day, allowing for strategic daily posts.


YouTube, owned by Google, is the second most visited website with 2.562 billion active users (Statista, 2022). The average half-life duration for YouTube posts is 12,672 minutes (8.8 days), significantly longer than the previous 8,640 minutes (Graffius, 2022). Video content has a prolonged engagement period, making it a powerful tool for sustained visibility.


Pinterest is an image-sharing and social media service with 444 million active users (Statista, 2022). The average half-life duration for Pinterest posts is 164,270 minutes (3.75 months), unchanged from the prior analysis (Graffius, 2022). This long lifespan highlights the enduring relevance of pins, ideal for evergreen content.


Blogs are informational websites consisting of discrete, often diary-style entries. There are over 572 million blogs (First Site Guide, 2022). The average half-life duration for blog posts is 1,051,200 minutes (2 years), unchanged from the prior analysis (Graffius, 2022). This extended relevance underscores the importance of quality content that remains valuable over time.

Strategic and Tactical Implications

Understanding the half-life of social media posts can significantly inform your content strategy. Here are some actionable insights based on the data:

  1. Frequency of Posting: Platforms with shorter half-lives, like Twitter and Snapchat, require more frequent posting to maintain visibility. On the other hand, platforms with longer half-lives, like YouTube and Pinterest, allow for less frequent but high-quality content updates.
  2. Content Planning: Tailor your content strategy to the platform’s engagement patterns. For instance, leverage the enduring nature of blog posts and Pinterest pins for evergreen content, while using Twitter for timely updates and real-time engagement.
  3. Resource Allocation: Allocate resources effectively by focusing more effort on platforms that align with your business goals and audience engagement patterns. For example, if your audience highly engages with video content, invest in YouTube and Instagram.
  4. SEO and Cross-Promotion: Enhance your content’s reach by cross-promoting it across multiple platforms. A blog post with a long half-life can be repurposed into shorter snippets for Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn to maximize its visibility and engagement.

Case Studies and Success Stories

Case Study 1: Gary Vaynerchuk Gary Vaynerchuk, a well-known entrepreneur and social media expert, effectively uses multiple platforms to build his personal brand. His strategic use of Twitter for real-time engagement, Instagram for visual storytelling, and YouTube for in-depth content has helped him amass a massive following and drive business growth.

Case Study 2: Marie Forleo Marie Forleo, a life coach and author, leverages the long half-life of her YouTube videos to provide consistent value to her audience. Her well-crafted video content not only drives sustained engagement but also supports her broader marketing efforts, including her online courses and books.

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