President Barack Obama issued a statement shortly after Jobs’s death.
“Michelle and I are saddened to learn of the passing of Steve Jobs,” Obama said. “Steve was among the greatest of American innovators – brave enough to think differently, bold enough to believe he could change the world, and talented enough to do it. … By making computers personal and putting the internet in our pockets, he made the information revolution not only accessible, but intuitive and fun.”
Jobs’s early business partner, Steve Wozniak, also reacted to the news: “People sometimes have goals in life. Steve Jobs exceeded every goal he ever set for himself.”
Three hours after the announcement of his death, the tags # ThankYouSteve, #iSad and RIP Steve Jobs were the most common on Twitter.
Here is what some of the most famous Twitter users wrote.
“For those of us lucky enough to get to work with Steve, it’s been an insanely great honor. I will miss Steve immensely.” – Bill Gates.
“#RIP #SteveJobs, thank you for revolutionizing the way we listen to music. Your vision will not be forgotten.” – The Grammys ( Recording Academy ).
“100 million iphones don’t lie. What an amazing man…HE is the apple of all of our i’s. We have an i everything and its all so amazing.” – Billy Bush.
“Had the pleasure of working for him and knowing him. He was our Edison . R.I.P. Steve Jobs.” – actor-writer-director Albert Brooks.
“We have all surfed on the wake of Steve Jobs ship. Now we must learn to sail, but we will never forget our skipper.” – Ashton Kutcher.
“Steve lived the California Dream every day of his life and he changed the world and inspired all of us. #ThankYouSteve” – Arnold Schwarzenegger.
“My heart weeps for all who worked with Steve and who loved him, especially my friend Laurene and their children.” – Maria Shriver.
“The world lost a true visionary today. Think different.” – Kevin Spacey.
“So sad to hear about Steve Jobs. He was a genius and one of the most innovative people on earth. He changed the world in so many ways. RIP.” – Paris Hilton.
“Wow Steve Jobs died! He was a brilliant man!” – Kim Kardashian.
“Again and again Steve Jobs introduced us to a thing we could not have not imagined. #loss.” – Mia Farrow.
“I can’t even describe how devastated I am by the news of the great Steve Jobs passing. He was truly one of the most prolific artists and forward thinking people the world has ever known. My prayers and heart goes out to his family and those lucky enough to have known him.” – Mila Jovovich.
In addition, the Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg quickly left a message on his wall: “Steve, thank you for being a mentor and a friend. Thanks for showing that what you build can change the world. I will miss you.”
Two hours later, 144,600 people had already “liked” this message.
Fans also took to Twitter to express their thoughts on Jobs’ passing.
“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.
“I feel like I want to say Thanks SJ for every tweet I send from my iPhone #thankyousteve,” wrote another.
Many others quoted lines from Jobs’ famous 2005 commencement speech at Stanford University when he told graduates, “Stay Hungry. Stay Foolish” and Apple’s original “Think Different” ad campaign, or retweeted the message “RT if you’re touching an Apple product.”
Flowers, candles and even apples were brought by Apple fans Wednesday evening in fron of Apple stores in New York , in honor of Steve Jobs. In front of the Soho store, located in the heart of Manhattan , the most loyal fans of Apple products had gathered.
In front of the 5th Avenue store, which is very popular with tourists, visitors placed two large bouquets in front of the panels that cover the glass walls, under renovation.