Friday, October 07, 2011

You Never Know Who's Quoting You

So, those of you that follow us on Twitter probably saw at least some of the Steve Jobs tributes pouring in over the last few days. As a lifelong techie, I was certainly part of that.  I wrote a bunch of stuff.  What's interesting is that one of them got me quoted in the Christian Science Monitor, which I guess is a good thing. But...which quote?

Let's play a game.  Here's a bunch of stuff I wrote on the subject of Jobs' passing.  You tell me which one got the most "retweets", and which one got quoted in the CS Monitor.
No fair peeking at the link!

  1. "If you've got a second, take a moment to report every single spammer camping on a Steve Jobs keyword. Bastards."
  2. "It's in Apple's DNA that technology alone is not enough. That it's technology married with liberal arts ...that makes our hearts sing." #iSad
  3. Steve Jobs' Dream and "Gonzo Shakespeare"  (link to previous story)
  4. Cry God for Harry, Apple and Steve Jobs!  (link to an old comic)
  5. Steve Jobs was better than Santa Claus, because he'd show up once a year and offer us toys that we'd never even imagined could exist. #iSad
  6. Rip, mix, Bard.  #iSad
  7. We know Jobs didn't invent or build anything alone. The point is that without him out there to preach it, the world wouldn't have changed.
  8. The transition was made, the company is in capable hands, but does anybody really think Apple will ever be the same again? #RIPSteveJobs
  9. On an uplifting note, Jobs was a practicing Buddhist, so rest easy in the belief that his energy is still out there to be absorbed again.
  10. I'd really hoped, when he stepped down, that he was going to be able to live in peace, quiet and happiness for a little while. #iSad
  11. Ok...just saw someone refer to Jobs as our generation's JFK. Let's not go crazy. An assassinated president, he was not.
  12. The NeXT computer, also a Jobs invention, used to ship with Shakespeare's Complete Works built in. RIP Steve Jobs
  13. I don't have anything special to say, I just like this hashtag: #iSad
  14. Even if you don't have a Mac, an iPod or an've seen a Pixar movie. That was Jobs at work, too. #ripstevejobs
  15. Extra special bonus points to Bill Gates for referring to his friendship with Jobs as an "insanely great" honor. #ripstevejobs
  16. He was a man, take him for all in all, We shall not look upon his like again. #ripstevejobs
  17. 1984: Got to play with an original Mac. Tried to type, was told to move the mouse instead. I declared it stupid. Guess I was wrong. :)
  18. Flights of angels sing thee sweetly to thy rest, Mr. Jobs. #SteveJobs #RIP

Got your guesses?

The most RT'd line, if Twitter's reporting is to be believed, was #5 (the Santa Claus) line.  Twitter stops reporting at "100+" RTs so I have no idea how much it circulated, but it was substantially more than any of the others.

As to which one got me quoted in the CS Monitor, well, go check that link now to see if you guessed right :).

(* On a related note, I was surprised to see that such a link did not get me a big bump in Twitter followers, but then I noticed that the author does not link back to the people he quoted.  That's bad form, sir! No cookie for you!)

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