def time_ago time, append = ' ago' return time_ago_in_words(time).gsub(/about|less than|almost|over/, '').strip << append end
I love the time_ago_in_words method that comes bundled with rails, but it often produces a pretty lengthy string that doesn’t fit on narrow columns, or mobile views. This is a simple fix I use, placed in “helpers/application_helper.rb”.
time_ago(Time.now) #a minute ago time_ago(5.minutes.from_now) #5 minutes ago time_ago(Time.now - 20.years, '!') #20 years!