Twitterverse responds to Jobs resignation as Apple CEO

Breaking news spreads faster via social media than from traditional news outlets these days. Here's a snapshot at some of the reactions to Steve Jobs' resignation announcement on Twitter.

News of Steve Jobs' resignation as CEO of Apple has proved to be as earth-shattering as yesterday's earthquake on the east coast -- at least on Twitter.

Here's a snapshot of what some of the biggest players in tech and other industries are saying about the departure of Jobs in 140 characters or less:

  • Marc Benioff, CEO of Salesforce.com: "Steve Jobs is the greatest leader our industry has ever known. Its the end of an era."
  • Robert Scoble, Tech enthusiast: "The day Apple fans were dreading is here. First impulse: wish Steve Jobs all the best. Second: to note the end of an era."
  • Harry McCracken, Founder of Technologizer: "Still unimaginable: that Jobs was the most important person in personal technology both in 1978 and in 2011."
  • Susan Orlean, Writer: "Funny how much emotion you can feel about a stranger. And yet every phone call I make, every time I'm on my computer, he's part of it."
  • David Pogue, Tech columnist at The New York Times: "I agree with you all that Apple is teeming with geniuses. But Jobs added a single, pure vision that will be tough to maintain by committee."
  • Tim Stevens, Editor-in-chief of Engadget: "Don't let the enormity of this news overshadow the very human core of it all. My thoughts are with Steve."
  • Arnold Schwarzenegger, Former governor and actor: "Steve Jobs is one of California's greatest innovators. Very few achieved his impact over the last 50 years and probably the next 100 years."
  • Damon Lindelof, TV writer: "I know it's wishful thinking, but I can't help but wonder if Steve Jobs is about to pull a very elaborate Wonka on us."
  • David Copperfield, Magician: "I hope Steve Jobs takes the time to care for himself. He has spent the majority of his life pioneering for us."
  • Michael Arrington, Founder of TechCrunch: "This just plain sucks."

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