New information about citing blogs and social media posts
In response to the increased use of social media, the 17th edition of the Chicago Manual of Style has provided more detailed information about how to cite various forms of social media including information from blog posts, Facebook, and Twitter.
Chicago style maintains that it is acceptable for social media posts to be cited in text or in notes, rather than being listed in a full bibliographical entry. However, when a social media post or comment holds significant importance to your written assignment, or is mentioned frequently, it is best to include it in your bibliography.
Some instructors prefer that all cited resources be included in your bibliography, regardless of the citation's resource type. If in doubt, check with your instructor before you decide to leave information out of your bibliography!
Blogger's LastName, FirstName. "Title of Blog Post." Title of Blog (blog). Name of Larger Publication if Applicable, Date of post. URL.
Posner, Richard. “Inequality in Income and Wealth.” The Becker-Posner Blog. January 30, 2011. http://www.becker-posner-blog.com/2011/01/inequality-in-income-and-wealthposner.html.
30. Richard Posner, “Inequality in Income and Wealth,” The Becker-Posner Blog, January 30, 2011, http://www.becker-posner-blog.com/2011/01/inequality-in-income-and-wealthposner.html.
Amlen, Deb. "One Who Gives a Hoot." Wordplay (blog). New York Times, January 26, 2015. https://wordplay.blogs.nytimes.com/2015/01/26/one-who-gives-a-hoot/.
12. Deb Amlen, "One Who Gives a Hoot," Wordplay (blog), New York Times, January 26, 2015, https://wordplay.blogs.nytimes.com/2015/01/26/one-who-gives-a-hoot/.
Author's LastName, FirstName (Screen name if different from actual name). "Post Content up to 160 characters/spaces." Facebook, Date and time of post. URL.
Díaz, Junot. “Always surprises my students when I tell them that the ‘real’ medieval was more diverse than the fake ones most of us consume.” Facebook, February 24, 2016. http://www.facebook.com/junotdiaz.writer/posts/972495572815454.
17. Junot Díaz, “Always surprises my students when I tell them that the ‘real’ medieval was more diverse than the fake ones most of us consume,” Facebook, Feburary 24, 2016, http://www.facebook.com/junotdiaz.writer/posts/972495572815454.
Author's LastName, FirstName (TwitterHandle). "Tweet Content up to 160 characters/spaces." Twitter, Date and time of post. URL.
Mercer, Rick (@rickmercer). "Ranting in an Alley. Great Day For It. Anger is My Cardio!" Twitter, October 15, 2010, 1:10 a.m. http://twitter.com/rickmercer/status/27462002333.
35. Rick Mercer (@rickmercer), "Ranting in an Alley. Great Day For It. Anger is My Cardio!," Twitter, October 15, 2010, 1:10 a.m., http://twitter.com/rickmercer/status/27462002333.
Albright, Madeleine (@madeleine). "I was profoundly saddened to learn of the passing of former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan. He was a dear friend..." Twitter, August 18, 2018, 8:10 a.m. https://twitter.com/madeleine/status/1030834201258541062.
32. Madeleine Albright (@madeleine), "I was profoundly saddened to learn of the passing of former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan. He was a dear friend...," Twitter, August 18, 2018, 8:10 a.m., https://twitter.com/madeleine/status/1030834201258541062.
When discussing a blog, website, or social media content you may want to discuss comments arising from the original post. Comments can be cited one of two ways:
1) Cited in the main body of your text, in reference to the related post (the original post being commented on).
– or –
2) In your footnotes with the commenter's name (or handle), the date of the comment, and citation information related to the original post included.
IN TEXT EXAMPLE
Barbara Mislan responded positively to the content of comedian Natasha Rothwell's tweet by writing, "I just think you're great." (@Babs_says_that, August 18, 2019).
FOOTNOTE FORM (TWITTER COMMENT)
14. Barbara Mislan (@Babs_says_that), August 18, 2019, 4:49 a.m., comment on Natasha Rothwell (@natasharothwell), "I like my late-night TV like I like my legislation: made by women," Twitter, August 17, 2018, 7:07 p.m., https://twitter.com/Babs_says_that/status/1030783633337069568.
15. Natasha Rothwell (@natasharothwell), "I like my late-night TV like I like my legislation: made by women," Twitter, August 17, 2018, 7:07 p.m., https://twitter.com/natasharothwell/status/1030637400639266817.
FOOTNOTE FORM (BLOG COMMENT)
21. Susan Woodring, September 17, 2010, 3:40 a.m., comment on J. Robert Lennon, “How Do You Revise?,” Ward Six (blog), September 16, 2010, 8:39 a.m., http://wardsix.blogspot.com/2010/09/how-do-you-revise.html.