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Wikipedia is a central source of information as 450
million people consult the online encyclopaedia every
month to satisfy their information needs. Some of these
users also refer to Wikipedia within their tweets. In
this paper, we analyse links within tweets referring to
a Wikipedia of a language different from the tweet’s
language. Therefore, we investigate causes for the
usage of such inter-language links by comparing the
tweeted article and its counterpart in the tweet’s
language (if there is any) in terms of article quality.
We find that the main cause for inter-language links is
the non-existence of the article in the tweet’s
language. Furthermore, we observe that the quality of
the tweeted articles is constantly higher in comparison
to their counterparts, suggesting that users choose the
article of higher quality even when tweeting in another
language. Moreover, we find that English is the most
dominant target for inter-language links.