Across the Web, Apple fans (and critics, too) reacted to news of Steve Jobs’ death with loving praise for the man who revolutionized consumer technology. On Twitter, “#iSad” and “#thankyousteve” were among the top trending topics in the world.
The updates, at times proving too much for the service to handle, showed that Jobs had an impact on peoples’ every day lives that extended far beyond the gadgets they carry in their pocket.
“3 Apples that changed the world: the one that Eve ate, the one that fell on Newton's head and the one that Steve built. #ThankYouSteve,” read a very common message being passed around the service.
Twitter users were also encouraging each other to retweet messages “if you’re touching an Apple product.”
A Twitter user with the name Lyndeloo said, “I feel like I want to say Thanks SJ for every tweet I send from my iPhone #thankyousteve.”
Another tweeter with the handle jillFEEHILY said, “Not really a fan of Apple, but I can’t deny what the products have been giving me.”
Thousands of users quoted lines from Jobs’ now-famous commencement speech at Stanford (“Stay Hungry. Stay Foolish.”) and Apple’s original “Think Different” ad campaign.
Many said they were surprised by the level of emotion they felt when they heard about his passing.
“I'm not sure I've ever been so sad about the passing of someone I never met,” wrote Twitter users joel heflin. “He impacted our lives forever.”