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Leaps and Bounds: Jobs didn't leave us without making an impact

After Steve Jobs passed away last week, we could see people and media from all over the world in memory of him in various ways.

Analytics company Sysomos measured 2.5 million tweets last week about Steve Jobs in the 13 hours following his death. That number distinctly shows how widespread Jobs’ impact was.

I think Jobs affected the times of our generation more than he changed our lives with technology.

I don’t have a Twitter, so I checked Facebook to see what people were saying. One post caught my eye: “Ten years ago we still had Steve Jobs, Bob Hope and Johnny Cash ... now we have no jobs, no hope, and no cash.”

Is that true? I don’t know. I just found it interesting.

One of my friends, a junior studying communication said to me, “To have Jobs in our generation, it is our fortune.”

That is very true. Jobs made our lives easier and taught us to have more fun. When it comes to the influence of Jobs, looking into the market share of Apple products, we cannot estimate the number.

Besides the staunch supporters of Apple, I believe there are people who don’t really think Jobs’ death affects them too much because they are not using his products.

However, as I said before, there are more concerns than the technology after the death of Jobs. We lost a great businessman, a genius and a great leader.

People are wondering if Apple can conquer this road bump quickly or if it is going to fall, instead.

Some other people are saying, “Jobs’ era is over.”

Who knows? We will see.

Other than the words on the front page of the Apple website, all the coverage and people’s condolences are to save the memory of Steve Jobs.

Some social networking websites like Chinese Facebook and microblogs also used a special ways to cherish the memory of this great man.

On that day, all the statuses people posted and all the photos uploaded using iPhone would be signed with “Sent from Jobs’ iPhone.”

The first time I saw this I thought it was somewhat ridiculous. My roommate, Zheng, firmly opposed my thought.

“Don’t you think just this subtle change could be the way you’re reminded of who makes you get that high-technological lifestyle,” she said.

I thought she might be right: it is true that even though it is a subtle change that people could hardly see, it is elaborate and significant to people who use iPhone in any kind of social networking.

The most interesting part is, after Steve Jobs died, my iPhone was almost out of control for several hours.

When I tried typing a message, the character adjacent to the one I wanted would pop out instead. For example, if my finger was touching “d,” the “f” popped out.

Also, the page automatically jumped by itself. I thought, “Oh my God! My iPhone was in memory of its founder in its own way — going crazy!”    

Yun Ye is a junior studying journalism and a columnist for The Post.  Learn how you can connect with her at

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