Thursday October 6, 2011 7:11 pm
Will ‘Steve Jobs Day’ become a permanent memorial?
Little did a small group of fans know that declaring "Steve Jobs Day" on Oct. 14 would have such a potential impact.
With Apple's announcement of former chief executive Steve Jobs' death at 56, the declaration of Steve Jobs Day - the day that the iPhone 4S goes on sale - has taken on additional poignancy. And the Facebook page dedicated to the event has become one of the first online memorials in the wake of Jobs' passing, besides Twitter, where the "RIP Steve Jobs" hashtag has dominated the online medium.
“We admire his work,” reads the Steve Jobs Day Web site. “We’ve embraced his vision. And we love what he’s brought to the world. Let’d take a day to honor the man himself and say thank you. Everyone around the world is invited to participate – in real life, Facebook, Twitter, and here.”
The new holiday is the brainchild of Jobs fans at digital marketing firm Studiocom.
While the Steve Jobs Day's invitation asks people to dress like Steve by sporting a black turtleneck and posting photos online, it's unclear whether people will see it as an homage or a parody. The site also asks fans to talk about Jobs on Facebook and Twitter, discussing things like their favorite Apple innovations and the first Apple products they owned; and to revisit the Steve Jobs Day site, where organizers will be posting all the Jobs-related items floating around the Web next Friday.
The folks behind Steve Jobs Day are not at all affiliated with Apple or Jobs himself, the site says.
The messages of condolence have begun to be added to the page: "How about calling the iPhone4S the iPhoneSJ? Launch is on his day.," Alex Theapplefan wrote.
"I went Apple with the first Macintosh in 1984 in a bid to break away from the DOS Command line," Phil Foster added. "I never looked back. Thank you for everything you did, Steve! Apple... keep the faith and the "Pirate" spirit!!"
"RIP Steve Jobs, you were a visionary," Deep Dan Emersomn wrote. "Like Disney, you were a person who is one in every century."
The minds behind the Steve Jobs Day also posted the following tribute to Jobs, more of which will undoubtedly come in the coming days.
This article, written by Mark Hachman, originally appeared on PCMag.com and is republished on Gear Live with the permission of Ziff Davis, Inc.
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