How to Read Comments on Twitter

Twitter is one of the most open social networking platforms out there: You can chat with anyone in real time without being friends with that person.

While being an awesome social media platform, Twitter functionality is not always easy to figure. Many Twitter users are usually confused when it comes to finding replies on Twitter.

Why Can’t I See Comments on Twitter?

You can: You just need to know where to look for them. People tend to click “Comment” icon for each individual tweet to see replies but it opens a dialog to post a comment instead:

Why Can't I See Comments on Twitter?
[Twitter layout can be confusing: This is NOT where Twitter comments can be found]

How to View Comments on Twitter?

Time needed: 5 minutes

  1. Step 1: Click on the timestamp showing when the tweet was published

    When viewing Twitter timeline or anyone’s Twitter profile, click on the timestamp* showing when the tweet was publishedopen tweet

  2. Step 2: Scroll to the very bottom to see Twitter replies to that tweet

    How to View Comments on Twitter?

*Alternatively, you can click on the tweet itself and it will open up in the overlay. Just be careful not to click on a hashtag or a link inside the tweet (which will open hashtag search results or the linked page instead)

Watch this video here: How To See Comments On Twitter

The same trick works both on desktop (using any browser) and Twitter mobile app (iPhone or Android). It will also work on third-party social media management apps and Twitter clients like Hootsuite and Tweetdeck.

This will include only direct replies to a Tweet (those that were posted publicly). Do not confuse a reply to a direct message (i.e. DM) which is a private message.

Some people use “Retweet with comment” option to post replies to any tweets.

Retweet with comment on Twitter
[If people click “Retweet” icon and then post a comment, these comments won’t show up below the tweet]

Don’t worry: Those can still be found:

How to Find All “Retweet with Comment” Replies for a Particular Tweet?

  • Right click / double-tap on the on the timestamp showing when the tweet was published and select “Copy link Address” (Google Chrome) or “Copy Link Location” (Firefox) or “Copy link” (Safari)
  • Paste the URL into Twitter Search field and you will see all the retweets with comment to this particular tweet
Find All 'Retweet with Comments' Replies

How to See Comments on Twitter NOW

Knowing how to see other people’s comments on Twitter may turn useful in many cases, for example:

  • Journalistic research: Journalists and writers (bloggers) can find more people to quote and opinions to embed in their articles, especially when it comes to hot trends that are happening now. Twitter conversations always provide fresh insight and angles.
  • Anyone can find interesting discussions to join (to participate in a conversation or get more followers)
  • Bloggers can find all the discussions around content they publish to engage and interact with their readers (To generate more comments)
  • Anyone can find more funny comments on any popular tweets (Think political debates, for example)
  • Instant content ideation and inspiration: Writers can find more questions to cover in their articles, or more experts to connect to.
  • Anyone can find relevant animated GIFs to download from Twitter
  • Anyone can find cool (and more importantly, real) Twitter accounts to follow

And how do you use Twitter? Let’s discuss!

Here’s our video instruction: How To See Comments On Twitter

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16 responses to “How to Read Comments on Twitter”

  1. Drew Avatar

    What a terrible design that I had to google this and I am a software engineer.

    1. Jan Avatar

      I thought the same tthing. I’ve been working with computers since the 70s and twitter is the least intuitive design I’ve ever come across.

      1. khaja Avatar

        worst site ever

  2. Joe Momma Avatar
    Joe Momma

    HORRIBLE design, this makes zero sense!

  3. Saravana Avatar

    Thank God! Finally I figured this out from here. LOL!

  4. Sierra Avatar

    I still can’t see them….

  5. Ash Avatar

    Thank you God! I can finally figured this out LOL

    1. Jan Avatar

      If only I could figure out who the commenter is replying to in a long string!

      1. Maria Avatar

        Yes!! That’s my issue too! I’m a newborn to twitter…I don’t know how to respond sometimes…short sentence or my usual complete response I’m used to doing on fb.

  6. Esther Johnson Johnson Avatar
    Esther Johnson Johnson

    Does everyone see their comment as a top comment first at the top?

  7. Mike Avatar

    Thanks for this! I finally understand why people can view – and ‘like’ my comments while I couldn’t see their comments! I live and learn 🙂

  8. Zach Avatar

    This is the worst design ever. This explanation page with graphic explanations looks like something out of TheOnion, as an explanation to us ‘illiterate morons’ (sarcasm). Moreover, the mobile app functions entirely different from what is described here. In reality, I too am a software engineer and does not follow any standard/predictable UX/UI flow. This counter non-intuitive nightmare should be a crime. Moreover, what makes the situation worse is Twitter itself, in theory could be coded from ground up in 1-2 days by anyone with intermediate server-side scripting knowledge/SQLDB/HTML5/CSS/JQuery and I can guarantee the clone would be entirely more functional… none of this: you must login for download the app to see bullshit, too!

  9. Google surfer Avatar
    Google surfer

    “Hit the date to see comments”
    How could someone can figure it out?

  10. deep t Avatar

    thank you very much 🙂 that was helpfull

  11. Kelly Leatherman Avatar
    Kelly Leatherman

    Thank you for this, it’s my first day on X and I’m really unimpressed. To read comments, you DON’T click on comments, got it. Brilliant! Too many buttons and options for me but was happy to see I’m not alone in finding the app incredibly frustrating. SO glad I didn’t sign up for the fee service! Thanks again.

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