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Guy Makes YouTube Instant, Gets Google Offer

Last week Google announced Google Instant, a new feature that allows users access to real-time search results that appear as they type, rather than after they hit the 'search' button. It didn't take long for Feross Aboukhadijeh, a computer science student at Stanford, to recognize that this feature would be even cooler if it were applied to YouTube.

Feross thought YouTube Instant would be pretty easy to rig up and bet his roommate that making real-time YouTube search could be done in less than an hour. Unfortunately, he was wrong. It actually took him three hours to finish the site, with additional time on top of that to polish the UI.

Aboukhadijeh said that though he ran into some issues when creating the site, these were easily resolved.

"I built YouTube Instant using a combination of the YouTube API and scraping YouTube search suggestions. I initially ran into some issues when Google automatically blocked my server for making too many repeated requests to the search suggestions endpoint.

Despite taking a little longer than he anticipated, his project was a hit and word of YouTube Instant spread like wildfire.

As if waking up to interview requests from the Washington Post wasn't weird enough for Feross, YouTube Instant actually netted him a job offer from Google.

A meeting has reportedly been scheduled with Hurley, YouTube's CEO, at the YouTube HQ in San Bruno, California.

Check out YouTube Instant, if you haven't already, and let us know what you think!