ActionScript function for turning a date into a time interval

While working on a small Twitter utility, I wrote a function to turn a date into a time interval string. For instance, rather than formatting the date, it returns strings like “Just posted,” “6 minutes ago,” “4 hours ago,” or “20 days ago”. It’s not a complex function, but I thought I’d post it here in case it might save someone a few minutes of coding. The less time we spend writing code someone else has already written, the more time we can spend innovating.

private function formatDate(d:Date):String
{
var now:Date = new Date();
var diff:Number = (now.time - d.time) / 1000; // convert to seconds
if (diff < 60) // just posted
{
return "Just posted";
}
else if (diff < 3600) // n minutes ago
{
return (Math.round(diff / 60) + " minutes ago");
}
else if (diff < 86400) // n hours ago
{
return (Math.round(diff / 3600) + " hours ago");
}
else // n days ago
{
return (Math.round(diff / 86400) + " days ago");
}
}