How to Cite a Tweet

According to the MLA (Modern Language Association) website, citing a tweet from Twitter is relatively straight forward. Much like any other citation in a works-cited list, a tweet citation must begin with the author’s real name, followed by the author's user name in parentheses, and then a period. If for some reason the author's real name is unknown, only the author's user name should be given.

Next, the entire text of the tweet should be given in quotation marks, exactly the way it appeared in Twitter, other than placing a period at the end, inside the quote marks. 

Lastly, the date and time of the tweet (with the time reflecting the reader's time zone) are to be cited, followed by "Tweet" (without the quotation marks), to indicate the medium of the quote. For example:

Tripp, Paul David (PaulTripp). “Corporate worship is designed to redirect your hope away from the creation so it may be firmly placed once again in your Creator Savior.” 29 July, 2012, 4:13 am Tweet

If one is reading a tweet days after it was originally posted, when the time is no longer indicated, simply included the date by itself.

In the main text of the paper, a tweet can be cited simply by saying something like, Paul David Noted that "Corporate worship is designed to redirect your hope away from the creation so it may be firmly placed once again in your Creator Savior.” Or even, "Corporate worship is designed to redirect your hope away from the creation so it may be firmly placed once again in your Creator Savior” (Tripp).


For further information, check out the MLA page, "How do I cite a tweet?"