Steve Jobs: Remembering a Visionary

When news of Steve Jobs' death broke on Oct. 5, 2011, millions took to the Internet to spread the word and remember a visionary. Fittingly, tweets and status updates about Jobs, and condolence messages posted to his online Guest Book, were submitted from iPhones, from MacBooks, from iPads – all products stemming from Jobs' own creative mind.

Years later, fans and admirers still share tributes to the tech innovator, born Feb. 24, 1955. We remember the man who rose from college dropout to world-changing CEO, with words of praise from people around the world.

"Steve's brilliance, passion and energy were the source of countless innovations that enrich and improve all of our lives. The world is immeasurably better because of Steve." –Apple's board of directors

"Three Apples changed the world. The first tempted Eve, the second inspired Newton & the third was offered to the world half eaten by Steve Jobs." –A tweet making the rounds

"Today, the anniversary of the passing of Steve Jobs. I watched once again the commencement speech for the 2005 Stanford Graduating class. He spoke of death and dying but he also spoke of Love, passion and of creativity. 'Stay Hungry, stay foolish.' These words resonate and so I shall. Rest in peace Steve Jobs. You have done the work now others will continue on that path you created." –A Legacy.com user in Chandler, Arizona

"We've lost something we won't get back. The way I see it, though, the way people love products he put so much into creating means he brought a lot of life to the world." –Steve Wozniak, Apple co-founder

"My favorite Steve Jobs quote... 'Your time is limited, so don't waste it living someone else's life.' That inspires me every day!" –An Apple fan on Facebook

"Steve was fond of saying that he lived every day like it was his last. Because he did, he transformed our lives, redefined entire industries, and achieved one of the rarest feats in human history: he changed the way each of us sees the world." –President Barack Obama

"To some people, this is like Elvis Presley or John Lennon. It's a change in our times. It's the end of an era. It's like the end of the innovators." –An Apple fan via the Associated Press

"Steve, you affected my life in numerable ways; I would not be the person I am without Apple. Let's hope there's an Apple in the afterlife ~ " –A Legacy.com user in Tempe, Arizona

"The world rarely sees someone who has had the profound impact Steve has had, the effects of which will be felt for many generations to come. For those of us lucky enough to get to work with him, it’s been an insanely great honor. I will miss Steve immensely." –Bill Gates

"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." –An Apple fan on Twitter

"Adieu Steve. Though we grew up with microsoft os in Nigeria, our love for all your i's had really made us believe your innovative mind will be sorely missed. Rest in Buddha's bosom. Namaste." –A Legacy.com user from Lagos, Nigeria

"Thanks for showing that what you build can change the world." –Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook founder

An eternal flame for Steve Jobs was offered by webcomic XKCD.

"RIP Steve Jobs - thanks to one of your inventions my life was changed. You will be missed but not forgotten!" –Justin Bieber via Twitter

"It's really kind of touching to see virtually every tweet and post be about Steve Jobs. True influence isn't measured in Twitter followers." –An Apple fan on Twitter

And one of the most shared remembrances of Steve Jobs has been this video of a commencement speech he delivered at Stanford University in 2005. Like so much that Jobs did and said, it's inspirational – and it reminds us that no matter how humble your beginnings, you can take the wheel of your own life, follow your dreams, and change the world. It's what Jobs did.