Youtube Instant

Martin Brinkmann
Sep 11, 2010
Updated • Dec 19, 2012
Music and Video, Youtube

Fast, faster, instant. It seems that speed is a popular factor nowadays. Youtube Instant is a new third party example how speed can change a service. The developer, Feross, inspired by Google Instant has created a Youtube pendant, sort of.

The basic service displays the search and video on the same page. Videos begin to play immediately after the first word is typed into the search form.

This works better than thought, with nearly no lag while switching between videos. A fast Internet connection is however recommended for the "instant" feeling. The script will switch automatically between videos once you add, edit or remove words and sometimes even letters.

Youtube Instant displays its suggestion on the right side of the search form, and the video, which is always the first hit in the video box.

youtube instant
youtube instant

One major problem that users may encounter is that video controls are missing. It is not possible to pause or stop the video. The latest version of Instant YouTube offers controls. To make them visible, move the mouse into the video frame to display them at the bottom of the screen. Here you find all the usual controls like pausing or stopping videos, using the play slider to move to another position of the video, or change the video quality.

That's a big problem and limits the usability of the video service. The creation of Youtube Instant could turn out to be very lucrative for Feross, who apparently received a job offer by Google shortly after the service went viral. Want to test Youtube Instant? Check out the page here.

The latest version also shows sharing options right beneath it which you can use to share the link directly or copy the embed code to paste it into another web application.

The right side displays the second to fifth place of the search on the screen which you can load with a click instantly or watch automatically when the video that is playing finishes.


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  1. neon said on October 8, 2010 at 6:32 am

    nice two thumbs up :D

  2. CA Karan - Tax Consultnat said on September 14, 2010 at 8:18 pm

    Its surprising to see that a College Grad. did in 3 years what Youtube couldnt do in such a long time

    Hats off to the teenager…

  3. asd said on September 14, 2010 at 8:14 pm

    now a Facebook application on YouTube Instant :
    YTInstant FB app

  4. OrigPumu said on September 13, 2010 at 5:54 pm

    …nice example-video – flashback on amiga… :)

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