Oct. 5, 2011 at 9:16 PM ET
When news of Steve Jobs' death arrived, it came by email, tweet, text and status update, swift and immediate. It was something the plugged-in world had been expecting for months, perhaps years. Obituaries were ready, tributes were finely executed. But the fact that mourners had time to prepare in no way diminished the sorrow they expressed.
Apple lowered its campus flags to half staff, and posted a simple black-on-white portrait of Jobs, adhering to design principles he himself would approve of. The company even published an email address, email@example.com, where fans can send their own "thoughts, memories and condolences."
Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg updated his status with a personal farewell: "Steve, thank you for being a mentor and a friend. Thanks for showing that what you build can change the world. I will miss you." Within 40 minutes, over 85,000 people had "liked" it.
Google founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin both shared their feelings about Jobs and his "inspiration" on Google+. And Microsoft's Bill Gates tweeted, "The world rarely sees someone who made such a profound impact."
Puckish Boing Boing redecorated its site with a monochrome 1980s Mac interface. Wired went all black. Tech gadfly Rob Scoble spotted a rainbow over Silicon Valley and Instagrammed it as a tribute to the Apple co-founder. And BuzzFeed posted "The 12 Most Inspirational Quotes From Steve Jobs," an elegant set of large image macros, the text superimposed over iconic images of the Apple founder.
"There goes a man who invented the modern world," wrote Twitter user @montykins.
We're putting together a growing collection of the Internet's tributes to Jobs below.