A while ago I wrote about the “nice date” feature for PHP dates, (e.g. “4 minutes ago” or “about 1 day ago”). Read the old post here – https://getbutterfly.com/nice-date-feature-facebook-style/.
A jQuery alternative to this date is a plugin called timeago, which automatically converts any standard PHP date into a fuzzy timestamp.
Avoid timestamps dated “1 minute ago” even though the page was opened 10 minutes ago;timeago refreshes automatically.
You can take full advantage of page caching in your web applications, because the timestamps aren’t calculated on the server.
You get to use microformats like the cool kids.
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