It is common for developer to insert a timestamp into each record marking the time a record is created.
With timestamp, we could for example, know when a purchase of an item is made.
In the example below, we make a slight modification to the example sql fiddle and add a time that a record is created.
CREATE TABLE supportContacts ( id int auto_increment primary key, type varchar(20), details varchar(30), current datetime ); INSERT INTO supportContacts (type, details, current) VALUES ('Email', 'firstname.lastname@example.org', now()), ('Twitter', '@sqlfiddle',now());
Notice that we use a variable current with a datetime datatype. The timestamp is inserted by now().
Sometimes, we use select now() to check the current time of the server system.