Changing date format in a drupal template

Hello
I am trying to customize comment.tpl.php (not the core template of course)

I would like the date to render as "time ago" I've seen this as an option in views, but I have no clue how to get the same thing in a template.

here is what I have
<div class="<?php print $classes; ?> clearfix"<?php print $attributes; ?>>
  <?php print $picture ?>
  <div class="content"<?php print $content_attributes; ?>>
    <?php
      // We hide the comments and links now so that we can render them later.
      hide($content['links']);
     print ($id); 
	 print ".&nbsp;&nbsp;";
	 print ($author);
	 print "&nbsp;";
      print strip_tags (render($content));
    ?>
    <br>
    <?php print ($created); ?>
  </div>

</div>

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What do I need to do?
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Ray PaseurConnect With a Mentor Commented:
See Practical Application #3 in this article.  It gives a function that you can easilytailor for your needs.
http://www.experts-exchange.com/Web_Development/Web_Languages-Standards/PHP/A_201-Handling-date-and-time-in-PHP-and-MySQL.html
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itkadminAuthor Commented:
thanks
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Ray PaseurCommented:
Thanks for the points and best of luck with your project! ~Ray
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