Twitter is a microblogging website that allows users to share their updates in no more than 140 characters. The phenomenal success and popularity of Twitter has made it a very important conversation platform where millions of people speak their mind.
Now authors have begun to take note of and mention tweets in the published material. As properly citing the source of information is very important, we will tell you how to cite a tweet.
The American Psychological Association (APA) style of citation is often used in the fields of social sciences, such as business, criminal justice, economics and law, and medical subjects, including nursing and psychology. If you are using the APA style, you should use the following template to cite a tweet:
@twitter-handle. (year, month day). text-of-the-tweet. Retrieved from full-url-of-the-tweet.
@TechWelkin. (2012, March 28). JK Rowling Launches Pottermore to Sell Harry Potter E-books http://goo.gl/fb/Lig9I. Retrieved from https://twitter.com/#!/TechWelkin/status/184996917711876098
Another popular style of citation is the Modern Language Association (MLA) style. This style is more commonly used in the fields of literature, mass communications and media studies etc. For MLA style, use the following template:
@twitter-handle. text-of-tweet. Twitter.com. tweet-publishing-date. Web. date-when-you-accessed-the-tweet.
@TechWelkin. JK Rowling Launches Pottermore to Sell Harry Potter E-books http://goo.gl/fb/Lig9I. Twitter.com. 28 Mar. 2012. Web. 29 Mar. 2012.
Remember to take care of formatting. Take care about typing periods, spaces and italicizing Twitter.com.