“It started out as a bet with my roommate,” Feross Aboukhadijeh’s website explains. “I bet him I could build real-time YouTube search in less than an hour. 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.”
The website was posted to Facebook and not long after, the creator of YouTube Instant was offered a job by the head of YouTube.