Facebook, Twitter and Social Media websites are all the rage right now and seem to be in there for the long haul. Nobody ever stops talking about them, especially your parents, who think everything wrong with your life is the result of you tapping away on your phone, pointlessly instead of doing something useful. By the end of this, you might be able to convince them otherwise, maybe.
Consider for a moment: What comes to your mind, when you hear Facebook or Twitter?
The feed, the updates, the occasional games, the messages & chats, the constant ticking of new posts from your friends about stuff they’d like you to see, te pictures, music, and of course the check-ins. Then, of course for the chirpy blue bird clan, there are 140 character tweets, re-tweets, favorites, tagging, followers, trending and the sometimes painful hash tags. This is generally the image associated with social networks and we agree is fairly accurate.
However, what if we were to tell you that social networks could actually help you land a job? Not just the usual screening of your profile by the prospective employer as a background check, but approached by an employer on say, Twitter? Or Facebook? Or Google+ even. Unbelievable, isn’t it?
Well, it happened, and we’re here to tell you the the true story of Feross Aboukhadijeh (@FreeTheFeross), Stanford graduate, former Facebook Internee and Quora Employee, who landed a job offer, at YouTube, through Twitter. Yes, you heard it.
What makes it more interesting is that this eventful story starts with a bet that Ferross made with his roommate Jake Becker.
One day in September of 2012, Feross sat down with Jake, and told him, that he could build an ‘Instant’ search site for you tube videos in one hour, modeled after the very useful Google Instant. To those of you who don’t know, Google Instant enhances your search, by predicting what you’re going to search, by showing the most popular results as you type. You know, how Google auto-completes your search? yeah, that’s what we are talking about.
So, based on the same concept, Ferross set out to build You Tube Instant which took him close to 3 hours, which means he lost the bet, but got something better in return. After he was done creating YTInstant, he shared the link on his Social Media, where he had not more than 1000+ friends and followers at the time.
Only 10 days later, YTInstant had a million hits.
“The site went viral overnight. When I woke up the next morning, I was fighting to keep my server online under the traffic load.” Ferross explains in his Quora answer.
Shortly after when Ferross resorted to Twitter to announce the news, he got more than what he bargained for: a job offer from Chad Hurley, the then CEO of YouTube. Here’s how their conversation went:
Would you be the next person to receive such an offer? Who knows!
But Feross’s story is as inspirational as inspirational stories go.