Last week Google announced Google Instant, a new feature that allows users access to real-time search results that appear as they type, rather than after they hit the ‘search’ button. It didn’t take long for Feross Aboukhadijeh, a computer science student at Stanford, to recognize that this feature would be even cooler if it were applied to YouTube.

Feross thought YouTube Instant would be pretty easy to rig up and bet his roommate that making real-time YouTube search could be done in less than an hour. Unfortunately, he was wrong. It actually took him three hours to finish the site, with additional time on top of that to polish the UI.

Aboukhadijeh said that though he ran into some issues when creating the site, these were easily resolved. Despite taking a little longer than he anticipated, his project was a hit and word of YouTube Instant spread like wildfire.

As if waking up to interview requests from the Washington Post wasn’t weird enough for Feross, YouTube Instant actually netted him a job offer from Google. A meeting has reportedly been scheduled with Hurley, YouTube’s CEO, at the YouTube HQ in San Bruno, California.

YouTube user bornforthis43 created this stop motion animation of classic Nintendo characters that took 120 hours of work to make.

This 3 minute video contains the following game characters

Kirby’s Adventure – with gummy candy
Contra – with Legos
The Legend of Zelda – with twigs and construction paper
Metroid – with iPhone Samus
Mega Man 2 – with Legos and construction paper
Super Mario Bros. – with vegetables

It was just a few years ago when Google bought YouTube. Now, it just turned 5 years old. And billions and billions of videos served.

YouTube marked its fifth anniversary today by announcing that it racks up more than 2 billion video views on its site every day. It is a sign of the phenomenal growth of the site, which crossed the 1-billion-views-per-day benchmark just last year.

The video site has changed the nature of the Internet and the playing field for major media companies seeking to distribute their content. It has helped quite a number of people getting discovered and the trend will just continue.

I would like to greet YouTube a happy 5th year anniversary!

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