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Please share your thoughts about Steve Jobs

Everybody has an opinion about Steve Jobs. Please tell me what you think of him and how he has impacted your life in this brief survey.

Steve Jobs, co-founder of Apple, passed away earlier this week at the age of 56. In the process of writing about how he impacted my life in my blog, I created an image of him. To make this image, I collected quotes and articles that were written about him in the day following his passing. The quotes were from such notables like President Obama, Mark Zuckerberg, Guy Kawasaki, and Bill Gates, to name a few. Using these descriptive words of Steve Jobs, I created a word cloud in the form of his soon-to-be iconic image on

In the world cloud, the font size of the words is related to the frequency of usage of the words; the larger the font size, the more frequently that word is used to describe Steve Jobs. This picture essentially represents how these people define him, remember him.

I now want to be more purposeful in creating the same image using words from people who never met him but whose lives may have been impacted by him. Could you please complete my one-minute survey about Steve Jobs? I am also going to conduct sentiment analysis on your comments to understand the sentiment behind them. So... your survey responses help to create art and advance science. In addition to feeling good about yourself, I will notify you when this project is completed (if you provide your email address in the survey).

The more people who complete the survey, the more interesting the image(s) become(s) (e.g., look at age differences in sentiment). Please consider sharing the page using your social media savvy.

Bob E. Hayes, Ph.D.

5 Responses to Please share your thoughts about Steve Jobs

  1. David October 17, 2011 at 9:44 am #

    Steve Jobs passing away so young is indeed a big loss. But on the other hand, he lived life to the fullest. He celebrated life and inspired millions to do the same. He left behind a legacy that is so complete that it will continue to fulfill our quest for perfection for many years to come.

    As my tribute to Steve Jobs, I try to highlight his achievements as a complete artist in a short film posted on Youtube. I composed this funeral march. The musical theme is built on two notes: A(ppl)E. The minimalist Erik Satie style reflects on Apple's design philosophy.

  2. Randy Fournier October 8, 2011 at 4:11 am #

    Steve Job's visions, ideas, constant overseeing and refining of products definitely had a great impact on how all of us do business and pleasure on a daily basis.
    He could see the future, changed the rules a few times never paying attention to what other people wanted to influence, but payed attention to his own gut. He was Apple.

    There is still technology to be discovered, innovated, modified, adapted.
    If apple was listening, watching, observing him, then as former Calgarian and founder of Java James Gosling has predicted, Jobs has left Apple a pretty detailed map of the future for the world.

    r.f. Chiang Mai Thailand.

  3. Stephen King October 7, 2011 at 3:28 pm #

    Hey, Bob ... when you click the word cloud picture, can we see the picture in large format / hi-res?



    • Bob Hayes October 7, 2011 at 3:39 pm #


      Thanks for the feedback. I have included a link to the larger image. Simply click the image in the post.



  4. Bruce Chrumka October 7, 2011 at 12:08 pm #

    I'm not particularly interested in any cult of personality, however, it was difficult to ignore someone like Steve Jobs who was as talented as he was mercurial. Any words I'd use to describe someone I admired without having met - a small sample size - are probably all overused, but here goes: visionary, magnetic, gifted, charismatic, relentless, opinionated. In a world filled with mediocrity - think of billionaires like Steve Ballmer, the RIM knuckleheads and JR Shaw who either acquired their wealth through nepotism (Shaw), ass-kissing and being in the right place at the right time (Ballmer), sheer dumb luck and/or a talent for flapping their lips and producing nothing of true value (Donald Trump, Sarah Palin), it was good to share the planet with someone who deserved his success many times over. No doubt Jobs spent his last time fine-tuning Apple's roadmap while spending time with his family. He will be sorely missed | 206.372.5990