After a long battle with pancreatic cancer, Steve Jobs passed away Wednesday night at the age of 56. Twitter's servers were so overwhelmed by tribute tweets that it showed an error message reading, "Twitter is over capacity. Too many tweets! Please wait a moment and try again" several times overnight. Jobs's name was tweeted more than 4.5 million times in less than 24 hours, at a rate of 10,000 tweets per second. One person noted it was "the new measure of somebody's influence." Others compared Jobs to Thomas Edison, Henry Ford, and Albert Einstein. Jobs was also thanked for impacting lives by giving people their first iMac and iPhone and changing how people consume media. Celebrities like Katie Couric, Jane Lynch, and Arnold Schwarzenegger also paid their respects on Twitter. Jimmy Fallon tweeted, "Thank you, Steve Jobs, for all of the fun and amazing ways you made our lives better....Sent from my iPhone." Apple put a picture of Jobs in his iconic black shirt on its website and released a statement saying it "lost a visionary and creative genius, and the world has lost an amazing human being." Technology blog Boing Boing completely changed its site to look like an old Mac computer. Wired.com also turned its site into a tribute to Jobs. People didn't just mourn online, flowers and notes were strewn across Apple stores from New York to San Francisco. On Twitter, @delrayser put it best, simply tweeting "iSad."
Jobs's passing didn't just resonate with thousands of fans across the Web. Luminaries in the field of technology and innovation paid their respects as well. Yahoo! co-founder Jerry Yang said, "Steve was my hero growing up. . . . I will miss him dearly, as will the world." @BillGates tweeted, "For those of us lucky enough to get to work with Steve, it's been an insanely great honor. I will miss Steve immensely." On Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg wrote, "Thanks for showing that what you build can change the world." Even @BarackObama tweeted, "rest in peace" and "thank you for the work you make possible every day." Share your Apple memories with us on our Facebook page.