Twitterverse responds to Jobs resignation as Apple CEO

Summary: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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Topics: CXO, Apple, IT Employment

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Rachel King is a staff writer for CBS Interactive based in San Francisco, covering business and enterprise technology for ZDNet, CNET and SmartPlanet. She has previously worked for The Business Insider, FastCompany.com, CNN's San Francisco bureau and the U.S. Department of State. Rachel has also written for MainStreet.com, Irish Americ... Full Bio

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