Social Media Sentiment on Steve Jobs’ Resignation: End of Apple Era

In the past few days we’ve brought you various articles on the shock resignation of Apple’s CEO, Steve Jobs. We looked at the possible impact on Apple stock and also talked about the effects of his resignation on an iPhone 5 launch. Today though we wanted to take a look at the reaction to Steve Jobs’ resignation across the Internet and social media.

Crimson Hexagon has been taking an in-depth look at online sentiment about the resignation and the aftershock it has caused and has come up with some interesting information about the reactions. Many are wondering if Apple will ever be the same without Steve Jobs and others feel Apple will carry on much the same as usual with no major impact felt. Let’s take a look at the details, kindly supplied to us by Crimson Hexagon, to see what’s being said.

The source breakdown is 86% from Twitter, 10% from blogs, 3.1% from Facebook and the remaining 0.9% from forums. The total volume of the study used 28,847 opinions and 37,895 mentions to come up with the following statistics. The reaction of 42% across all mediums was to share the news while 20% wondered about what would happen to Apple. 14% felt that Apple is about more than just one man and 13% were saddened to hear the news and shared concerns about Jobs’ health. The amount of those feeling that Apple would suffer from the resignation blow was 10%.

It’s certainly an intriguing look at widespread sentiment about the sad departure of Steve Jobs although we tend to agree with a quote from the study saying “Steve Jobs resigns: It’s the end of an era, but not the end of Apple.” You may also be interested in our iPhone 5 article from earlier today about possible effects on the launch from Hurricane Irene and a leaked purported cover.

We’d like to hear what you think of the sentiment revealed by the study about the resignation of Steve Jobs’. Do you feel that Apple will continue to prosper, or will the news have long-lasting effects on the company? Let us know with your comments.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001445917538 Munir Dorghabekov

    Steve Jobs was a genius, his resign will effect apple A LOT, but that doesn’t yet mean that apple’s era is over…

  • http://twitter.com/mikedeveloper Mike Thornley ®

    I hope he’s doing ok as we all know he’s ill with cancer and I suspect, probably, the primary reason he resigned.