13 September 2010

'YouTube Instant' creator finds instant fame

For Stanford University student Feross Aboukhadijeh, what started off as a bet fueled by youthful ambition and technical bravado, ended up an Internet hit and quite possibly a job. Aboukhadijeh, 19, was just an ordinary but albeit talented college student as he tested out Google Instant, the Web giant's new predictive search results feature. He was immediately impressed on its debut but also inspired. To his roommate, he said, "I bet you I can build YouTube Instant in an hour." And his roommate took him up on the deal. Aboukhadijeh didn't quite make the hour deadline, but three hours later, YouTube Instant was born. The site lets users search the enormous YouTube video database in real time.