Google introduced Google Instant last week, a new feature that allows you to view search results in real time without having to click on the Search button.
It didn’t took much time for Feross Aboukhadijeh, a computer science student at Stanford, to discover that this feature would be better appreciated if applied to the YouTube video sharing website.
Feross believed that YouTube Instant will be very easy to do and he made a bet with his roommate that he can do it in less than one hour. Unfortunately, he was wrong. He needed three hours to finish the site and a bit more to also finish the graphical interface.
Aboukhadijeh said that he encountered some problems but he easily fixed them ” I have built YouTube Instant using a combination between the YouTube API and YouTube’s search suggestions. At first I have had some problems with Google automatically blocking my server because of the large number of requests to the component generates search suggestions. Anyhow, it took me five minutes to rewrite the site so that it will directly interrogate YouTube for search suggestions. Now everything happens in the browser and it’s faster than ever! Thanks to Jake Becker who reminded me that tags have no domain restriction! ” he added.
Despite the fact that he needed a little bit more time than he anticipated, the project was a big hit.
Feross said that he published his result on Facebook and Twitter and then he went to bed.
The next day he received a lot of positive feedback, interview requests from major publications including Washington Post and he even received a job offer from Chad Hurley, the CEO of YouTube.
So, want to get a job at YouTube ? It’s easy! Just follow Feross’ example.