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Bored student creates Instant Youtube

Gets job offer
Mon Sep 13 2010, 09:57

A BORED Stanford University student who created an instant version of Youtube was surprised when he got a letter from a Youtube boss offering him a job.

Youtube, which is owned by Google, spends millions of dollars on development but somehow failed to see that Google's Instant software could be applied to Youtube.

Stanford student Feross Aboukhadijeh created a real-time search engine for Youtube videos.

Aboukhadijeh released the software by showing it off on Y Combinator's Hacker News feed, a news aggregation site similar to Digg and Reddit. It behaves much the same way Google Instant does.

When a user types in the video they are looking for, the engine guesses the video and begins playing it immediately.

Apparently the software caught the attention of Youtube CEO Chad Hurley and, rather than issue the normal cease and desist, which is common in stories like this, he offered Aboukhadijeh a job.

Hurley Tweeted to Aboukhadijeh, saying he loved the idea and asking if he wanted a job.

Aboukhadijeh sent a message back to find out if Hurley was serious about the offer and it turned out that Hurley was. µ



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