Citation Guide

Citing Social Media in APA (6th ed.) Format

The official APA Style Blog has a comprehensive post on How to Cite Social Media in APA Style. According to the APA Style Team, there are three main ways to cite social media content in an APA Style paper:

  • generally with a URL,
  • as a personal communication, and
  • with a typical APA Style in-text citation and reference list entry.

The examples below are based on the third option (in-text citation and References list entry)

Facebook Status Update: APA (6th ed.) Example

Example from APA Style Blog:

Gaiman, N. [Neil]. (2012, February 29). Please celebrate Leap Year Day in the traditional manner by taking a writer out for dinner. It’s been four years since many authors had a good dinner. We are waiting. Many of us have our forks or chopsticks at the [Facebook status update]. Retrieved from

In-text citation: (Gaiman, 2012).

Tweet: APA Example

Example from APA Style Blog:

Gates, B. [BillGates]. (2013, February 26). #Polio is 99% eradicated. Join me & @FCBarcelona as we work to finish the job and #EndPolio. VIDEO: [Tweet]. Retrieved from

In-text citation: (Gates, 2013).