Yes, you can.

Tom


On Oct 20, 2010, at 1:37 PM, Navin  Kabra <navin.ka...@gmail.com> wrote:

> On Oct 19, 5:19 am, Matt Harris <thematthar...@twitter.com> wrote:
>> So what is Snowflake?
>> ------------------------------
>> Snowflake is a service we will be using to generate unique Tweet IDs. These
>> Tweet IDs are unique 64bit unsigned integers, which, instead of being
>> sequential like the current IDs, are based on time. The full ID is composed
>> of a timestamp, a worker number, and a sequence number.
> 
> Will the new IDs be monotonically increasing? If my programming
> language can handle 64bit integers, can I compare two IDs and expect
> that the lower ID represents an older tweet (approximately)?
> 
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