Twitter silences fake Steve Jobs
The popular spoof Twitter account, purporting to be written by Steve Jobs, has been suspended after complaints by Apple.
The real Steve Jobs: Twitter suspends spoof account purporting to come from him
The @ceostevejobs account has been enormously popular, with spoof and often surreal observations on Apple and life in general.
people followed the fake account, making it one of the most-followed sites on the social network.
The last tweet from @ceostevejobs' was listed on 28 February, reading: "Schiller dropped the F-bomb at a meeting this morning. If he ever says "Flash" again, he's fired." referring to Jobs' apparent disdain for the Flash system.
The writer was clearly well briefed on all things digital and followed movements at Apple closely.
Jobs, CEO of Apple, has been on sick leave since mid-January
From @ceostevejobs – a selection of recent tweets:
15 Feb – I eat Honeycomb for breakfast. [Google's Android operating system for tablets is called Honeycomb]
16 Feb – Content providers claim the App Store has antitrust issues. Untrue. The only antitrust issues are the ones I have with content providers.
18 Feb – Went out for dinner. Restaurant had a mandatory 30 percent gratuity. #Greedy [Apple will take a 30% cut of subscriptions made within apps]
27 Feb – Toy Story 3 deserved Best Picture. [Jobs founded digital animation studio Pixar]
28 Feb – Anonymously sending fake shots of the next iPad to tech blogs. Man, I love Photoshop.
28 Feb – Apple is reporting battery life more honestly now. But we're still going to lie about manufacturing plant working conditions.
Jun 2 2010 – I renamed my iPod 'The Titanic.' Now when I plug it in, iTunes tells me 'The Titanic is syncing.'
Aug 16 – Took my daughter to school this morning, and yes, she gave the teacher an Apple.
Dec 19 – 'Don't ask, don't tell' is still in effect at Apple. Don't ask about unannounced products because we don't tell about unannounced products.
Oct 21 – Met with Obama today. Apparently he misunderstood when Congress told him 'America needs more jobs.'
This article was first published on mediaweek.co.uk