20% of tributes to Steve Jobs on Apple.com mention Apple products

neilkodner.com

Last week Apple posted some of the tributes that people emailed to the company after Steve Jobs died. A programmer decided to analyze all the messages displayed on Apple.com to see what people said about Jobs. Of 11,000 or so messages (more than a million were submitted, according to Apple), just under 20 percent mentioned an Apple product by name; more than 1 in 10 mentioned a Mac and almost as many referred to the iPhone. "Also interesting [were] the number of mentions to other historical figures in the Steve Job remembrance messages. ... I don’t know if I’d go so far as to group him with the man who brought automobiles and light bulbs to the masses but hey, we all have our priorities," Neil Kodner writes. Henry Ford is mentioned in 189 messages; Thomas Edison in 110, Albert Einstein in 70. Bill Gates, just 8. The programmer-journalists among you can read his post to see how he did this. || Related: Steve Jobs wanted to help New York Times, bonded with Rupert Murdoch

  • Steve Myers

    Steve Myers was the managing editor of Poynter.org until August 2012, when he became the deputy managing editor and senior staff writer for The Lens, a nonprofit investigative news site in New Orleans.

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