I’m surprised by how much I was moved today when I heard of Steve Job’s passing. As I turned to my Twitter feed, I found I wasn’t alone. I hadn’t realized how much Steve had touched my life and inspired me.
As I read through the emotional outpouring of many tweets, two words seemed to reoccur with unusual regularity: visionary and genius. There is no doubt that Steve significantly changed the landscape of personal computing. He not only introduced the world to beautiful and usable interfaces in the Apple products he and his team sculpted – he lifted the game of the industry in general. He was stubbornly persistent to his own vision.
In this post I’ll briefly explore the way the Envato community remembered Steve today.
International Turtleneck Day
The first tweet I noticed today was developer John Barton saying he’ll have to go get a black turtleneck to wear to show his respect. Shortly afterward he noted that on one online store black turtlenecks were sold out in every size except XL.
Later in the day John tweeted this screenshot, with the comment, “I’ll put a recurring thingo in the dev team calendar.”
Have you added International Black Turtleneck Day to your iCal? Did you wear a black turtleneck today? John, if you got a photo, I’d love to post it.
Check out blackturtleneckday.com.
The Team on Twitter
Today Twitter was immersed in Steve memories. The hashtags #RIPSteveJobs and #ThankYouSteve were used everywhere. Here are some from the Envato team that stood out to me:
- RIP Steve (@rodblackney)
- Literally every single tweet in my timeline is about Steve Jobs. That says a lot. (@envatowebdev)
- What a cool dude. (@Jordan_McNamara)
- Apple’s home page says so much with so little. apple.com (@chendo)
- RIP Jobs. What an amazing mind. (@ncwinters)
- Apples reuse buyback system should have a Donate the money to Steve Jobs Foundation button I’d totally send them a couple of iPhone 3G’s (@imrogb)
The Community on the Forums
- So sad… he was a genius. (Sonicbyte)
- Altough we’ve could feel that it will happen – in the end its shocking and sad. (infuse01)
- A true genius of our era. (Zoomit)
- A very sad day indeed. Where would we all be had it not been for Steve Jobs. Typically excellent homepage at http://www.apple.com/. (Generator)
- Steve Jobs. One incredible man. Rest in Peace. (CreativeMilk)
- Very sad that he didn’t live long enough to really enjoy what he built. 56 years old is way to early. Whether you like Apple products or not he has lead Apple to amazing heights. A true visionary and genius has died. Rest in Peace Steve Jobs. (RightHere)
- RIP Steve Jobs. You left your mark on our desks, on our ears & in our hands. (josweb)
- RIP Steve Jobs, but that kind of legacy doesn’t rest in peace. It will stir and grow. (garethcoker)
- The legacy of Steve Jobs affects my life every single day. (cspcreative)
- He just showed that he can change the world. He changed everything, he set a new trend with an amazing technology. I’m very happy that today on wards Heaven will move on to the Mac platform and will start enjoying what Steve created for the people! Apple… Apple…Apple… Everywhere up above the sky and below the sky…!!!! (myjilson)
- It’s very sad. I worked for Steve for years and wouldn’t be who I am or where I am today if it wasn’t for him and his work. Join me in sending his family well wishes and good energy through this very difficult time. We have all benefited from what he accomplished in his lifetime. (OhmLab)
- Whether you’re an Apple fan or not Steve Jobs is one of the great visionaries in human history and shaped today’s technology. (CordellC)
- RIP Steve, you will live forever in our memories. A world icon. We have learned a lot from your work and modesty. (FamousThemes)
- There’s no words to describe what I’m feeling right now, it’s just ….. sad
R.I.P. Steve! You will be missed and forever loved! (PatrikL)
- A modern day DaVinci, a true genius and inspiration to many. Rest in peace. (CreativeAddiction)
Steve Jobs: How to Live Before You Die
Steve knew that this day was coming. He didn’t only have time to reflect on this – he left us with some deep and inspirational thoughts.
Remembering that I’ll be dead soon is the most important tool I’ve ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life.
How did you remember Steve Jobs today? Let us know in the comments.