Athar, Sohaib (ReallyVirtual). “Helicopter hovering above Abbottabad at 1AM (is a rare event).” 1 May 2011, 3:58 p.m. Tweet.Now, in instances where only the User Name or Twitter handle is known, the name of the person from the citation can be omitted.
In the text, you can incorporate the facts into a sentence: In a Twitter post on September 14, 2011, Garrett Kiely (@gkiely) wrote, “Using Google, Authors Guild takes 2 mins to connect an author with an ‘orphaned work’: bit.ly/nqyjOo.” And here’s a possible note form:
An interesting point on this is the consideration of the time and date attributed to tweets, The time stamp on any given tweet is relative to the reader's specific time zone when reading the original tweet. Often, the originating time stamp and/or time zone are not explicitly known, so for the purposes of citations, an approximate time frame is noted on the messages. Also, depending on which side of the International Date Line you fall on, the date might be off by a day.32. Garrett Kiely, Twitter post, September 14, 2011, 8:50 a.m., http://twitter.com/gkiely.
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