Update: We were finally able to get in touch with Feross, who tells WebProNews, "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."
Original Article: Feross Aboukhadijeh has quickly become something of an Internet celebrity thanks to his creation of YouTube Instant, which took him only several hours to create. Some don’t think it’s that big a deal, but clearly Google and YouTube do.
Aboukhadijeh, a Facebook intern, was offered a job by YouTube CEO Chad Hurley the other day, and yesterday went to YouTube headquarters, where he apparently accepted the job. On his blog, Aboukhadijeh writes, " I look forward to supporting and improving YouTube Instant in the future. I hope to see it become a core part of the YouTube.com experience!"
I haven’t seen where he’s come out and said he is now a YouTube employee exactly, and I have been unable to get a response from him, but his words seem to indicate as much (along with the photo of him and Hurley also posted on the blog).
Aboukhadijeh says that YouTube Instant received 430,000 visitors in four days.
I think the interesting part of the story is less about YouTube Instant itself, and more about the viral whirlwind it’s created, as discussed in another article. That and the fact that it netted him a job offer from YouTube’s CEO right away (publicly, through Twitter no less). The whole thing is simply a reflection of the fast-paced and viral nature of the web today – a testament to how far the web has come in the last several years.
Now, it will be interesting to see just what YouTube does with YouTube Instant.