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Submission + - YouTube Instant: Anatomy of a Viral App (

dcposch writes: Three days ago, a student at Stanford made "Youtube Instant", a riff on Google's new instant search. He posted it to his Facebook status. The next day, his creation hit VentureBeat and the front page of Hacker News. Since then, he's landed in all sorts of unlikely places, like the Washington Post and the New York Times. Chad Hurley, cofounder and CEO of Youtube, even sent him a job offer via Twitter. The two are meeting tomorrow to discuss.

It's nuts just how much people care about speed. Save them the second to hit "enter" and click the first result, and they sure love you for it. In the maker's words, "Users always want things to be faster and faster. There's nothing faster than instant."

Going the speed of light is bad for your age.