I am using the Dukt Twitter plugin and want to display the time since the tweet was created.

The Twitter API returns a string in the format:

Fri Sep 02 14:42:42 +0000 2016

I can use the date filter on this string to alter the format, but cannot pass this through the diff method that twig exposes. I think I need to create a dateTime object, would this require a plugin to be created for this task or can I achieve this in twig?

A reference post on this forum discusses the diff method: Get Age from Date of Birth - however I think I need to have a date object, not a string, to use it. Ideally I'd like to just achieve this in twig as I have never written a plugin before! Thanks

3 Answers 3


Great! Thank you @techgyver

Here is my final code:

{% for tweet in tweets %}
{% set tweetDate = date(tweet.created_at).diff(now).format('%a') %}
    {% if tweetDate == 0 %}
        {% set tweetTimeAgo = 'today' %}
    {% else %}
        {% set tweetTimeAgo = tweetDate ~ ' days ago' %}
    {% endif %}

<div class="tweet-time">{{ tweetTimeAgo }}</div>
<div class="tweet-text">{{ tweet.text|autoLinkTweet }}</div>
{% endfor %}

Which either outputs 'today' or '3 days ago' depending on diff since tweet.


You can use the date method for creating a date object. e.g.: {% set tweetDate = date("Fri Sep 02 14:42:42 +0000 2016") %}


Further to Adam's answer, and for everyone else who is reading this question, there is a Craft plugin that can do the date calculation logic, as well as providing more readable timestamps:


As well as '...days ago' it extends into weeks and months, which may not be as useful in this scenario but could prove more useful for blog/news sections.

  • Thanks that is a great plugin by the sounds of it, improving the functionality of my original question Commented Sep 5, 2016 at 12:43

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