The new way to get hired: Student creates YouTube Instant, it goes viral, YouTube CEO offers job via Twitter

by Knowlton Thomas

Google Instant has inspired the very impressed YouTube Instant, but the latter wasn't created by Google OR YouTube. It was built by Feross Aboukhadijeh of Stanford University).

Feross' creation functions quite similarly, in that it starts working as soon as you type a letter. In fact, it starts auto-playing videos as you mosey along with your search query, which is very neat.

So neat, actually, that YouTube CEO and Co-Founder Chad Hurley tweeted this to Feross: "Want a job?" To which Feross replied, "Is that a for-real job offer?" To which Chad came back with, "Are you ready to leave school? I'll send you a DM."

Boom. Now we know it pays to post your creative efforts online.

Let's see how quickly YouTube Instant becomes a reality. Perhaps instantly?

Also of note is that another creative fellow instantized Google Maps, and although it's still a little rough around the edge, it's another very impressive feat. Amazing what people can do with just the seed of an idea planted in their minds.

San Bruno, California, United States

Founded in February 2005, YouTube is the leader in online video, and the premier destination to watch and share original videos worldwide through a Web experience. YouTube allows people to easily upload and share video clips on and across the Internet through websites, mobile devices, blogs, and email. Everyone can watch videos on YouTube. People can see first-hand accounts of... more

San Francisco, California, United States

Twitter is a privately funded startup with offices in the SoMA neighborhood of San Francisco, CA. Started as a side project in March of 2006, Twitter has grown into a real-time short messaging service that works over multiple networks and devices. In countries all around the world, people follow the sources most relevant to them and access information via Twitter as it happens—from breaking... more

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Knowlton Thomas

Knowlton Thomas

Knowlton is the managing editor of Techvibes and author of Tempest Bound. Based in Vancouver, Knowlton has been published in national publications and has also appeared on television and radio. Previously he was an editor for New Westminster weekly The Other Press and served on its board of directors. When not working, Knowlton enjoys hiking, tennis, and martial arts. more

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