The Modern Language Association likes to keep up with the times. As we all know, some information breaks first or only on Twitter and a good academic needs to be able to cite those sources.
So, the MLA has devised a standard format that you should keep in mind when citing a tweet.
Here it is…
How Do You Cite a Tweet in an Academic Paper? – Alexis Madrigal – Technology – The Atlantic.
Beware the ‘vengeful librarians’ [which is pretty much an oxymoron, if you ask me]
In an anonymous industrial park in Virginia, in an unassuming brick building, the CIA is following tweets — up to 5 million a day.
At the agency’s Open Source Center, a team known affectionately as the “vengeful librarians” also pores over Facebook, newspapers, TV news channels, local radio stations, Internet chat rooms — anything overseas that anyone can access and contribute to openly.
via AP Exclusive: CIA following Twitter, Facebook – Yahoo! News.
Library of Congress is now archiving every single tweet that has ever been tweeted since the inception of Twitter in 2006. This will be a huge project since there are billions and billions of tweets to archive.
Library of Congress Builds Twitter Archive
Twitter has 175 million users and counting and only select, mostly high-profile people are granted “verified” status. How are verified users vetted? Twitter refused to explain the process, saying via e-mail, “we continue to very selectively verify accounts most at risk for impersonation on a one-off and highly irregular basis.”
How Does Twitter Verify Celebrity Accounts? – Speakeasy – WSJ.