YouTube has rolled out threaded comments in order to take a little bit of the chaos out of commenting on the video site. The comments on YouTube have been all sorts of crazy and hard to navigate for too long, so it’s about time they un-cluttered things with threading.
YouTube comments used to be sorted according to the time of the post, with highest-rated comments and uploader comments being displayed in their own special spots at the top. Sorting comments according to time makes sense, but when people started replying to other commenters it started to get a little confusing. All too often I’ve seen people write @reply comments to specific YouTubers’ comments and not, for the life of me, been able to find the original comment. Now replies are filed neatly under the original post.
Threaded comments are currently in beta so you’ll have to do a tiny bit of legwork to get to them, but trust me that it’s totally worth it. Scroll down to the comments section of the page and click on “See All”. Once you get there, click “Sort by thread (beta)” at the top of the page, just below the video thumbnails. Magically the threaded comments will snap into place. Check out a screenshot of the threaded comments below, taken from the amazing video ‘Pale kid raps fast’, which we wrote about last week.
What do you think of YouTube’s threaded comments?