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MLA 9th Edition Style Guide: Social Media

This guide will assist you in formatting in-text citations and a Works Cited list in the current MLA style.

Social media

NOTE:  Twitter changed its name to X in July 2023. MLA recommends using the name X, even if the tweet was posted before the name change.  


X post before July 2023 name change

Klein, Ezra. “My phone keeps autocorrecting ‘I’ to ‘AI’ which is a little on-the-nose.” X, 22 Apr. 2022,

Tweet with only a photo and no text

Ng, Celeste [@pronounced_ing]. Photo of letter from Shirley Jackson. X, 22 Jan. 2018,

Tweet that is shortened – add an ellipsis (…) at he end before the quotation marks.

Smith, Clint. “Today is Frederick Douglass’ 200th birthday. . . .” X, 14 Feb. 2021,


Thomas, Angie. Photo of The Hate U Give cover. Instagram, 4Dec.2018,

Facebook post with posted date

World Wildlife Fund. “Happy Earth Day from all of us at WWF!” Facebook, 22 Apr. 2019,

Facebook post without posted date. Add date you accessed the post

World Wildlife Fund. “Photos.” Facebook, Accessed 14 July 2020.

Modern Language Association. “Business leaders say college graduates are not effectively prepared with either soft or technical skills for today’s workforce. . . .” LinkedIn, 2020,