With the popularity of Twitter, it was only a matter of time before academics were presented with issue of citations.
The Modern Language Association (MLA) devised a standard format for citing tweets in academic papers.
As outlined on the MLA website,
Begin the entry in the works-cited list with the author’s real name and, in parentheses, user name, if both are known and they differ. If only the user name is known, give it alone. Next provide the entire text of the tweet in quotation marks, without changing the capitalization. Conclude the entry with the date and time of the message and the medium of publication (Tweet).
This shows just how common informative tweets are becoming. Presentation of one’s research is not just for academic papers anymore. Data and evidence can come from non-traditional sites, including Twitter, as well.
The Atlantic posted an article about the developments.
Mashable mentioned a citation generator called Tweet2Cite that makes the whole reference process very easy.