YouTube Instant Creator Worked on Secret Facebook Project

He's Not Sure How YouTube Instant Went Viral So Quickly

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YouTube Instant creator Feross Aboukhadijeh tells WebProNews he can’t talk about his work at Facebook, because it’s related to a project that is "still secret". 

YouTube Instant has seen 715,000 visitors in six days. We talked a bit the other day about the "viral whirlwind" that the site created. We exchanged some words with  Aboukhadijeh, and he doesn’t really know how it happened. But boy, did it happen. 

Aboukhadijeh, a student at Stanford University and an intern at Facebook was almost immediately offered a job  by YouTube CEO Chad Hurley over Twitter. This led to Aboukhadijeh going to YouTube HQ to talk to Hurley. 

Creator of YouTube InstantBased on comments made on his blog and on Twitter, it looked like he basically had the job. " I look forward to supporting and improving YouTube Instant in the future," he wrote. "I hope to see it become a core part of the YouTube.com experience!" 

He also tweeted, "@Chad_Hurley I had fun at YouTube HQ today. Looking forward to seeing what we can do with YouTube Instant!"

Aboukhadijeh told WebProNews, however,  "I haven’t actually accepted the YouTube offer yet. We’re still figuring out how this is all going to work out, and nothing’s final yet. However, Chad and the engineers I spoke with were excited about the possibilities."

Even still, as he watches the pageviews roll in, the buzz that YouTube Instant has generated still seems to be a bit of a mystery to him. "Not sure how it blew up so quickly. All I did was update my Facebook status. And it spread from there. Pretty crazy, huh?" 

If the story portrayed in the book "The Accidental Billionaires" (the basis for the upcoming film, The Social Network) is accurate, Facebook itself grew in a similar fashion as Mark Zuckerberg sent a few friends his project. YouTube Instant isn’t likely to blow up to the level of Facebook, but it could get pretty big if it does indeed become integrated with YouTube itself. 

"I think after things cool down a bit, I should carefully consider how exactly YouTube Instant went viral and write up a blog post to share my thoughts about it all," Aboukhadijeh tells us.

"People really seem to be enjoying the site and it’s a huge hit," he says.

We’ll be looking forward to that post, and to see what direction his career takes as a result of the whole thing. It’s just an interesting story. 

He’s been working with one of Google’s competitors, but that is about to end. Google might be interested in that, as well.  "I work at Facebook right now. I’m a software engineer intern. My internship ends at the end of the week since classes at Stanford resume. I can’t talk about the project I worked on at Facebook – it’s still secret."

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  • http://macs-framework.sourceforge.net/instant/ Mac


    I have built another you tube instant web client: http://macs-framework.sourceforge.net/instant/
    With more features then the one on the current youtube instant site, you get all the default youtube controls of ( play, pause, full screen, resolution changer, volume control etc.) and shows the top 20 search results, It also has a checkbox to allow the video to play instantly or not. It uses some of the newer technologies so works best in Firefox like browsers but it should work on IE as well.


    • Chris Crum

      Interesting. The “order by” feature is a nice touch.

  • Adsense Publisher

    Wait, so some nobody mashes up Google’s instant idea with Youtube and gets a job?

    How about, thanks for the idea kid, now go run along and play outside?

    Am I the only person that realizes it’s just because he works for Facebook and hiring him could give them some insight as to what some of their plans for the near and distant future are?

    Youtube would hire a janitor that recently worked at Facebook if they thought the janitor had secret information that might be helpful in their plans for a social networking site of their own.

    • Chris Crum

      I think the idea has crossed a few minds.

  • http://ListAndPlay.com Jonathan

    I made an awesome YTinstant spinoff; http://ListAndPlay.com What do you think about it? Any feedback?

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