How to reference a tweet

By Jul.03, 2014

Have you ever wondered how to reference something you’ve found on Twitter?

Tweets are essentially tiny little blogs, so many of the rules are the same. There are some differences though.

Author: This will either be a person or a group. Start your reference with their real name,
e.g. Fry, S. or SalfordUniLibrary.
Follow this with their screen name, in square brackets, e.g. [stephenfry] or [TheLibraryUoS].

Date: as with all blogs, you need to provide both the year and the date, in parentheses,
e.g. (2014, 2nd July).

Title: Ahh, tricky! Tweets don’t have titles, do they? Use the content of the Tweet as your title, followed by the “content form” (i.e.Tweet) in square brackets. e.g. Inspirational science and maths lessons should be at the heart of education. Yes @royalsociety! #V4Education http://ow.ly/yALL0 [Tweet].

Source: the retrieval URL.

Example:

Fry, S. [stephenfry]. (2014, 2nd July). . Inspirational science and maths lessons should be at the heart of education. Yes @royalsociety! #V4Education http://ow.ly/yALL0 [Tweet]. Retrieved from https://twitter.com/stephenfry/status/484260200182861827

You can use these general rules to reference all sorts of social media. For many more examples, please see the magnificent APA Style Blog.

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