As I’ve mentioned in passing before, I hate relative time on updates.
Twitter is the obvious one here. “About 8 hours ago”. “About 9 hours ago.” WTF use is that? Why not just tell me the time it happened, so I don’t have to mentally work it out?
It’s particularly useless if I want to compare the time of that Tweet to something outside Twitter.
Likewise the ABC Online News “4 hours 37 minutes ago” … jeez, just give me the publish time.
It’s doubly-annoying when presented on web pages, which may or may not get read immediately, and sometimes sit there for a while without being refreshed or updated. I come back half-an-hour later… “About 3 minutes ago”… oh really? When was that? 3 minutes before I last refreshed the page? Again, useless information.
The annoying thing is some programmer has actually jumped through hoops to display the time like this.
PLEASE, just give me the option of showing the ACTUAL time, not the relative time.
Now, does anybody know of a good Windows Twitter client that will show me actual times?
(OK, some people on Twitter reckoned Tweetdeck is one to try.)