November 16, 2010 Category : Jobs walk-in
Today we have a very special guest in our celebrity talk section. He created a website, YouTube Instant in just 3 hours. This website got one million visitors in 10 days. His name is Feross Aboukhadijeh.
In an exclusive e-mail interview with Freshersworld.com, Feross talks about Youtube Instant, his school and college days and his future plans.
Freshersworld.com: First of all congratulations to you for the huge success of You Tube Instant. You have become a celebrity overnight. Please tell us about your journey, about You Tube Instant, how did it happen?
Feross: It started out as a bet with my roommate, Jake Becker. We were just sitting around our room on the day that Google released Google Instant. We had been talking about building something cool, but neither of us had really started yet. Then, the idea for YouTube Instant crossed my mind, so I just blurted it out without thinking. Until now, I'm still not sure where exactly how I came up with the idea. I bet Jake that I could build real-timeYouTube search in less than an hour, since I figured that would motivate me to do it quickly. Sadly, I lost the bet – It took me 3 hours to finish it, and another couple hours to polish the user interface into what you see now at YTInstant.com. But, I’m happy with the result.
I'm amazed and humbled by all the attention I've received for building YouTube Instant. Since I launched YouTube Instant over 2,000,000 people have visited the website to watch videos. That is insane! :)
I've received lots of offers from different companies to buy YTinstant.com along with all my code! While it would certainly be nice to have free tuition for a few years, money is not why I built this. I did it because I like to build cool stuff and see it improve people’s lives. I did it for the love of hacking. And most of all, I did it because it was fun.
Freshersworld.com: You have joined Facebook as an intern. What are your future plans?
Feross: Over the summer, I was part of the team that built Facebook Groups. We built Facebook Groups to help you share and chat with small groups of friends. You can send and receive updates to group members over email, just like a mailing list. It's really the best way to communicate with a small group of friends on the Internet today. It's simple to use, and easy to understand and I see it becoming a fundamental aspect of the way people use Facebook in the future. For me, the sense of "shared space" that Groups have is the most compelling aspect of the product.
Right now, I’m going to work hard over the coming days to add cool new features to YouTube Instant. Right now, there are many companies trying to solve the video search problem, and I think I've got some good ideas about how to do this. I'm going to keep releasing improvements to YouTube Instant over the coming days and weeks. I think users will be delighted!
Freshersworld.com: Tell us about your country, your schooling days, your college days?
Feross: I spent a lot of time in high school building websites. Check out some of my past projects.
Freshersworld.com: Can you tell us something about Feross Aboukhadijeh as a person, his likes and special dislikes?
Feross: I'm a runner. I enjoy many forms of athletic activity, but I particularly like distance running. Aside from the health benefits that running is known for, my favorite part of running is the excitement and freedom of the open road. Climbing hills and clearing obstacles during a long eight-mile run helps me relax and inspires creative thinking.
We all want our lives to be smooth and simple, but life is rough and complicated. People are unhappy, problems come up, stuff is difficult. But, when you're running that all goes away. When I run, I feel like a well-oiled machine. Everything just falls into place and all my problems disappear.
Freshersworld.com: Who is your ideal in life?
Feross: I have many heroes. Just a few: Mark Zuckerberg, Larry Page and Sergey Brin, Paul Graham, John Resig, Bruce Schneier, etc.
Freshersworld.com: Freshersworld.com is the favorite website for entry level engineering graduates from across India. What is your message to them?
Feross: The best advice I can give to anyone with a goal to start a company, run a marathon, or build something awesome is: just start working towards your goal. Don't think about it too much - just start! Sometimes it's easy to spend all your time thinking about stuff and putting off the most important step of achieving your goal: starting! So, just start. You can figure things out as you go. I've seen far too many people get stuck in the planning stages and never realize their dreams. It's far better to start, fail, and then move on to something else than to spend years thinking about something and never starting.
I highly recommend reading the "Cult of Done Manifesto" and adopting this philosophy when building stuff, especially if you're trying to start a company. You can read more about it.
Freshersworld.com: Thank you so much Feross for your time.