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A template for citing tweets posted on Twitter.

Usage

Copy a blank version to use. Almost all parameter names are supported only in lower case (some initialisms, such as |isbn= have upper-case aliases like |ISBN=, which are acceptable for use). Use the "|" (pipe) character between each parameter. Unused parameters may be deleted to avoid clutter in the edit window. Some samples on this documentation page may include the current date. If the date is not current, then purge the page.

Required parameters only, in horizontal format
{{Cite tweet |user= |number= |title=}}
Full parameter set in horizontal format
{{Cite tweet |author= (or |last= |first= ) |author-link= |user= |number= |date= |title= |script-title= |trans-title= |language= |retweet= |location= |access-date= |link= |url-status= |archive-url= |archive-date= |quote= |ref=}}

information Note: When known, the author's real name should be specified in the |author= parameter (or |last= and |first=). If their real name is not known, then the tweet is probably not an acceptable usage of a self-published source.

Using {{sfn}} and {{harvid}}

To use this template with shortened footnotes (e.g. the {{sfn}} template), add |ref= with {{harvid}} in the parameter value, like this:

{{Cite tweet |ref={{harvid|Porck|2017}} |last=Porck |first=Thijs |user=thijsporck |number=889205416596471811 |date=23 July 2017 |title=Spotted in Marvel's Doctor Strange: Sutton Hoo Helmet replica! |access-date=5 December 2017}}

This reference would be cited as {{sfn|Porck|2017}}.

Optional |date= parameter

Unlike most citation templates, the |date= parameter is optional. This is because the date can be calculated directly from the Tweet's ID using Module:TwitterSnowflake (wrapped with Template:TwitterSnowflake).

If the |date= parameter is off by more than one day from what the calculated date is, the template will output an error. This can be fixed by removing or correcting the date parameter.

If the Tweet was posted before November 4, 2010, the date cannot be calculated from the ID — the template will output an error if no date is provided.

Examples

{{Cite tweet |user=Pigsonthewing |number=564068436633214977 |title=This is an example tweet. Hello, Wikipedians!}}

@Pigsonthewing (February 7, 2015). "This is an example tweet. Hello, Wikipedians!" (Tweet) – via Twitter.

{{Cite tweet |author=Andy Mabbett |user=Pigsonthewing |number=564068436633214977 |title=This is an example tweet. Hello, Wikipedians!}}

Andy Mabbett [@Pigsonthewing] (February 7, 2015). "This is an example tweet. Hello, Wikipedians!" (Tweet) – via Twitter.

{{Cite tweet |author=Andy Mabbett |user=Pigsonthewing |number=564068436633214977 |title=This is an example tweet. Hello, Wikipedians! |retweet=Wikimedia Foundation [Wikimedia]}}

Andy Mabbett [@Pigsonthewing] (February 7, 2015). "This is an example tweet. Hello, Wikipedians!" (Tweet). Retweeted by Wikimedia Foundation [Wikimedia] – via Twitter.

If the author has a Wikipedia article, use of |author-link= is recommended:
{{Cite tweet |author=Elon Musk |author-link=Elon Musk |user=elonmusk |number=743097337782763521 |title=Looks like thrust was low on 1 of 3 landing engines. High g landings v sensitive to all engines operating at max.}}

Elon Musk [@elonmusk] (June 15, 2016). "Looks like thrust was low on 1 of 3 landing engines. High g landings v sensitive to all engines operating at max" (Tweet) – via Twitter.

Note that if |last= is used, |author= is ignored:
{{Cite tweet |last=Mabbett |first=Andy |author=Redundant Author Name Ignored |user=Pigsonthewing |number=564068436633214977 |title=This is an example tweet. Hello, Wikipedians! |retweet=Wikimedia Foundation [Wikimedia]}}

Mabbett, Andy [@Pigsonthewing] (February 7, 2015). "This is an example tweet. Hello, Wikipedians!" (Tweet). Retweeted by Wikimedia Foundation [Wikimedia] – via Twitter.

This tweet was posted before November 4, 2010, so |date= is necessary:
{{Cite tweet |user=jack |number=20 |title=just setting up my twttr |date=Mar 21, 2006 }}

Jack Dorsey [@jack] (Mar 21, 2006). "just setting up my twttr" (Tweet) – via Twitter.

Error detection

  • The parameters |user=, |number=, and |title= are required. If omitted or left blank, errors will be reported. For example:
    {{Cite tweet |title=I'm an incomplete citation!}}
    @. "I'm an incomplete citation!" (Tweet) – via Twitter.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: numeric names: authors list (link) Missing or empty |user=; Missing or empty |number= (help)
  • The tweet URL depends on |user= and |number=; if either or both are missing, the URL defaults to https://twitter.com/
  • The tweet date depends on |number= for tweets posted after November 4, 2010; if the optional |date= parameter is used, and the date is off by more than a day from the calculated date, an error is displayed.
  • Templates are checked for |ref=harv, which is an error. The |ref= parameter must use {{harvid}} in the value.
  • The template also checks for parameters that are unsupported (e.g. misspellings of parameter names).
  • Errors are tracked in Category:Cite tweet templates with errors

TemplateData

This is the TemplateData documentation for this template used by VisualEditor and other tools.

Cite tweet

A template for citing tweets posted on Twitter

Template parameters

This template prefers inline formatting of parameters.

ParameterDescriptionTypeStatus
Tweet numbernumber

Numerical ID of the tweet

Numberrequired
User handleuser

Twitter account name, without the @

Stringrequired
Tweet contentstitle

Partial or entire content of the tweet, optionally including hashtags (#), at signs (@), and links. Note: double quote marks (") should be replaced with single quote marks (') because the entire title will display surrounded by double quotes.

Stringrequired
Tweet authorauthor

Author's real name, if known. If not known, then the tweet is probably not an acceptable usage of a self-published source (see [[WP:SPS]])

Stringsuggested
First namefirst first1

The first name of the author

Stringoptional
Last namelast

Last name of the author

Stringoptional
Author's articleauthor-link authorlink

Title of existing Wikipedia article about the author

Page nameoptional
Retweeted byretweet

The reliable source who retweeted the tweet, if the original tweeter is not anyone particularly notable. May be wikilinked.

Unknownoptional
Datedate

Date of the tweet; do not wikilink; do not include time.

Datesuggested
Access dateaccess-date accessdate

The full date when the tweet was accessed; do not wikilink

Datesuggested
Languagelanguage

The language in which the tweet is written, if not in English.

Example
fr
Stringoptional
Tweet locationlocation

The location from which a tweet was sent.

Example
London
Stringoptional
Archive URLarchive-url archiveurl

The URL of an archived copy of a web page, if or in case the URL becomes unavailable; requires 'archive-date'

URLoptional
Archive datearchive-date archivedate

Date when the original URL was archived; do not wikilink

Dateoptional
URL statusurl-status

If set to 'live', the title displays as the live link; if set to dead, the title displays as the archive link

Stringoptional
Tweet scriptscript-title

For tweets in languages that do not use a Latin-based alphabet (Arabic, Chinese, Cyrillic, Greek, Hebrew, Japanese, Korean, Vietnamese, etc). Prefix with two-character ISO639-1 language code followed by a colon, e.g. for Japanese use: ja:...

Example
ja:東京タワー
Stringoptional
Translated tweettrans-title

An English language translation, if the tweet cited is in a foreign language; use of 'language' parameter is recommended

Stringoptional
Link to Twitter article?link

Set to "no" to not link to the Wikipedia article for Twitter. Useful for preventing overlinking when more than one tweet is cited.

Booleanoptional
Date formatdf

Valid values: dmy, dmy-all, mdy, mdy-all, ymd, ymd-all

Stringoptional
Quotequote

Relevant text quoted from the source; displays last, enclosed in quotes; must include terminating punctuation

Stringoptional
Ref anchorref

An anchor identifier; can be made the target of wikilinks to full references

Stringoptional

See also