RIP Steve Jobs: One Man’s Contribution To Social Media

By on October 28, 2011

Steve Jobs passed away last month, but his legacy will live on forever. Tributes to the famed Apple inventor are still pouring in around the world. News agencies covered his death, and so did thousands of blogs, Facebook pages and Twitter feeds. This stands as the ultimate testament to a man that was one of the founding fathers of social media. But how did Steve Jobs change the world?

One Man’s Impact on Social Media

Many have said that Apple was one of the only tech companies to never produce a hugely successful social media platform. We disagree completely. Steve was the kind of visionary that thought beyond the limitations of sitting behind a desk, to experience social connectivity. That’s why with his leadership, he produced three of the world’s technological marvels – the iPhone, iPad and iPod.

Steve knew that people needed to feel connected to their communities all the time, which is why he focused his genius on mobile technology. And true to that genius, mobile technology is regarded as the purest form of social interaction. With mobile technology at the forefront of his thoughts, he pioneered not only a new platform for interaction, but a new way for us to interact with each other.

The far reaches of this decision is evident in our daily lives. Steve Jobs did something extraordinary. He reached into every niche on the planet, and made it better. Because that’s really what Apple applications have done. They’ve given average people the ability to create, express, innovate and invent.

With this technology there is virtually nothing that can’t be made more efficient, fun, dynamic, emotional and social. Essentially, he gave social platforms the huge reach that they have today in our lives.

The Future Impact of a Life Well Spent

Steve Jobs was the Einstein of modern technology. A true creator, that focused on the positive aspects and impact that progressive technology can have on our society. He turned our phones into a social hub, an entertainment portal, a news source, a place to have fun and a place to learn. The future of this technology is bright. We can only imagine how inventors and innovators will build upon this incredible base that Steve has left us.

One thing is certain – Apple’s technology is pulling ahead. Thanks to Steve, it can expect to be involved in a huge number of innovations that are on the tech horizon. With technology like augmented reality on the rise, maybe we’ll be seeing Steve’s inventions progress into a whole different league. That’s one thing mobile technology doesn’t have – limits. You can’t say the same for sites like Facebook, Twitter – or even the invention of the computer.

Though Steve Jobs has passed, his impact on the world will last for hundreds of years. That’s a legacy that few people are ever able to achieve. We were lucky enough to benefit from such a visionary. He belongs in the hall of fame, alongside Einstein, Alexander Graham Bell, Thomas Edison and the Wright Brothers. Thank you Steve!

How has the iPhone, iPad or iPod influenced your life? Leave your comment below!

About John Souza

John Souza is founder and chief strategist of SMMU and Social Media Impact, and is a bestselling business author. He won the 2011 Tech Marketing Awards ‘Social Media Marketer of the Year’ and most recently the About.com Reader’s Choice Award for Best Online Education Site. John has appeared on The Michael Gerber Show, and his business has been honored at the Mashable Awards, Forbes Business Awards and The Stevie Awards.
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