Dateformat: x minutes ago

Hi guys,

Is there a standard function/gem in rails that lets me format times in a facebookish way, like “x minutes ago”? Ideally one that works well together with a similar jquery library for live updates?



I don’t know of a good gem solution (though it would be great if there were one because this is a problem that has been solved and re-solved too many times) but DHH did a blog post a few years back that explains exactly how to implement this in a relatively simple way.

Rails has inbuilt helpers for such kind of stuff.

Check out the following docs, method like distance_of_time_in_words
Rails 2.3 -

Rails 3.0 -

Awesome, thank you.

Rails rocks!