I basically have a standard MySQL timestamp given and I want the user to see, how much time has passed since this timestamp.
I know that there is a time_diff function, but that's too generic for me, I need a user-readable solution. Preferably something like "Written 34 seconds ago", "written 2 hours ago", "written a week ago", "written a year ago", "written on 24th December 2005", etc.
If there is an already built-in function (or a popular library), please let me know...
This alone would be enough, but I'd like to hear your suggestions on how to write a timer updating this every time unit (The first minute it should update every second, the first hour every minute etc.).
Another solution I found was using the MySQL timestampdiff method, still too generic, but I wouldn't have to worry about possible Time-Zone differences. (Client in EST, server elsewhere).
Updating could be done via ajax requests (probably bad idea when using multiple timestamps) or via manually incrementing the given time.
What I need:
A function formatting a time difference to a user/easy readable format.
Any help is appreciated!