How to Comment and Reply to them on Facebook

I’m sure you many times have replied to a comment someone has made on a posting on Facebook. But the well formed and well placed comment that you are so satisfied with suddenly becomes a small nightmare. You are constant bothered by notifications when people comment on the original posting.

Well, I got news for you. Because you have most likely done the same thing. And by that I mean you have probably replied to a comment in the wrong way more than once.

This is how you comment on postings on Facebook.

Here we have a posting on Facebook, with comments:

Hugh Hefner

This is the point where a lot of people get this wrong. If you want to comment on the original posting, you do it like this:

First comment

Now everybody who has commented on the original posting will get a notification that I’ve posted a new comment. And that’s how Facebook works.

However, very often people are not replying to the original posting. Instead, they are replying to one of the comments. And that’s where things go wrong.

Do not type your reply as a new comment like this:

Wrong reply

What will happen? Well, everybody who has commented on the original posting will now get a notification that someone else has commented. And everybody will be confused about who you are replying to.

Some of you try to remedy that by tagging the person who made the comment you’re replying to. Like this:

No tagging

Do not do this. Everybody who have commented on the original posting will now get a notification that someone else has commented. And that is not what you are doing. You are replying to one specific comment. In addition, the person you tagged will get two notifications. One telling him that he has been tagged, and another telling him that someone has replied to the original posting.

So how do you reply to a comment, instead of the original posting? Simple. You click Reply under the comment:


Now, type your reply in this comment field instead:

New reply

Hit Enter, or the Post button your Facebook app, and your reply will now be directly beneath that comment:

Posted reply

Now, only the person who wrote that particular comment will be notified, and not everybody else who have written comments on the original posting. This is also a way to get a discussion thread going.

If someone now wants to reply to your reply, they click on Reply beneath your reply:

Reply to reply

Their reply now will be displayed just beneath yours.

What happens when others make a reply to the original comment? It will be listed under the comment, beneath your reply. And here’s the nice part: Only you and any others who have replied to the comment will be notified about it!

This means that those who made their own comments on the original posting will not be notified. This makes Facebook cleaner and much more enjoyable for everyone. Here’s what a nice discussion should look like on Facebook:

Discussion thread

As you can see someone commented on my posting, I then replied to that comment, and then 6 other people replied to that reply. Notice the grey line to the left that tells you that all these replies belong to the original comment. And at the bottom of the picture, you have two new comments. But those are comments to the original posting, which is not a part of the discussion thread belonging to the first comment.

So now you now you know how to reply and comment on Facebook!

6 thoughts on “How to Comment and Reply to them on Facebook”

  1. if i delete my reply…and retype a new reply…will the notified person be able to read the deleted message….through his notification link

  2. Have they changed this tree recently
    I do press reply to the comment I want, it automatically tags the person I’m replying to but it doesn’t show up under that comment, like a thread. It used to do this but in 2019 2020 definetly not doing it for me now. Instead it shows up as part of a new comment, or even worse I can’t find it. I still get notifications if some one has replied to my comment and I in notification I get a very brief few words of what the comment is. But when I click on it to take me to the reply.. It just goes to the gave book post and then I have to scroll through to try to find it. Mostly very unsuccessfully. So very difficult to keep a discussion on a pages post going as I can’t find see the replies, and does t show on my comment either

    1. Strange. I haven’t seen this behaviour that you describe. I have experienced that I’ve clicked on a notification, and then it only takes me to the posting, and not to the reply to my comment, and then I have to look for it. I still haven’t received the new Facebook design, so I can’t say if that’s the case here. Have you received it?

      1. So my friend can click on the notification of my comment and then it automatically mentions me… Not knowing any better that I’d receive double the notification that I received a reply and a mention.

        It’s been going on awhile and it’s rather annoying.

    2. Tracy, I have the same problem. I can’t find the reply to my comment.
      That’s why I often don’t comment on posts that have have dozens or hundreds of comments. If I can’t find a reply to my comment why comment?

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