Programmers inspired by Google Instant have built their own predictive search applications for YouTube, Google Maps and Google Images. Their efforts could land them jobs at Google, Facebook or elsewhere.
Within days of Google's launch of its Google Instant
predictive search technology, which leverages
let users see results as they type a search query, software programmers built
similar applications for other Google Web services.
The most famous was YouTube
, built in 3 hours by Feross Aboukhadijeh, a computer science
student enrolled at Stanford University,
the birthplace of Google.
YouTube Instant lets users search YouTube video content in real time.
YouTube co-founder Chad Hurley liked it so much he offered Aboukhadijeh a job via
"I built YouTube Instant using a combination of the YouTube API
and scraping YouTube search suggestions," Aboukhadijeh wrote
on his blog Sept. 11.
"I initially ran into some issues when Google automatically blocked my
server for making too many repeated requests to the search suggestions
In 5 minutes, he rewrote YouTube Instant to query YouTube directly for
search suggestions. Whether Aboukhadijeh will take a job with Google or not is
unclear. He told AllThingsDigital he's already working
as an intern for Facebook.
That has bidding war for someone's services written all over it down the
Meanwhile, programmer Michael Hart wrote
two Web services: Google Maps Instant
built with jQuery and the Google Maps API,
Google Maps Instant lets users quickly search locations all over the world,
while Images Instant recalls images in rapid fire as users type queries.
To help users keep track of all the instant services coming to the fore,
programmer Tam Denholm built Instantise
an aggregation Website for predictive Web services patterned after Google
See TechCrunch's amusing take on the aggregator here
Does the surf of Google Instant-inspired Web services portend a fad or a
fixture in the Internet applications market?
eWEEK holds this is probably a fad. However, it's also a vehicle for which
talented programmers will be rewarded with jobs at Google, Facebook, Twitter or
Yahoo for their efforts.