JSON itself does not specify how dates should be represented, but JavaScript does.

You should use the format emitted by Date's toJSON method:

2012-04-23T18:25:43.511Z

Here's why:

  1. It's human readable but also succinct

  2. It sorts correctly

  3. It includes fractional seconds, which can help re-establish chronology

  4. It conforms to ISO 8601

  5. ISO 8601 has been well-established internationally for more than a decade

  6. ISO 8601 is endorsed by W3C, RFC3339, and XKCD

That being said , every date library ever written can understand "milliseconds since 1970". So for easy portability, ThiefMaster is right.