Steve Jobs – Forever Respected
Just a day after the iPhone 4S announcement, sad news came to the world as we learned that Steve Jobs passed away. The graph from Visible Intelligence below shows that at approximately 4pm (PST), the news started spreading across social media, then a huge spike is evident a couple of hours later as the out-pour of acknowledgement was heard throughout Twitter, blogospheres, news articles, and other media.
I know there will be many stories and articles written over the next several days, but I want to include our tribute along with many others and recognize the man, the visionary, the legend who has forever changed our lives.
At the tender young age of 20, Steve Jobs along with Steve Wozniak, co-founded Apple Computers and worked out of Jobs’ garage. Ten years later, Apple grew to a $2 billion company with over 4,000 employees; a year prior to that they had just released one of the first successful lines of personal computers—the Macintosh.
The tributes to Steve Jobs continued throughout the late evening yesterday and his legacy is not just tied to the Mac, but also a few other honorable mentions on Twitter over the course of the evening—the obvious being the current Apple products we know and love, including the iPhone, iPad, and iPod. I’ll be wearing my black turtle neck on Friday to honor the man. Will you? And what about that famous line at the end of a product launch, “Oh, one more thing…”? Just one more thing I’ll miss about Steve Jobs.
Of the many great Steve Jobs’ quotes out there, this one, from the 2005 Stanford commencement, is my favorite:
“The only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking, and don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it. And with any great relationship, it just gets better as the years go on. So keep looking … don’t settle”
And if you could’ve seen what Twitter was saying about you last night, you’d know that you certainly found that thing that made you happy—and for that—the world thanks you! We dedicate this word cloud to you, Mr. Jobs.
You will be missed, but always remembered (and best captured in the tweet below) on our desks, on our ears, and in our hands.
Thank you for giving us power, simplicity and elegance in your creations!
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