Possible that Steve Jobs went on MacRumors?

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  1. DevAndy macrumors member

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    This random thought just crossed my mind... so hear me out.

    MacRumors is the largest Apple community forum. Seeing as he (sometimes) replies to customers, it seems likely that Steve would've created an account and gotten a feel of the Apple community this way.

    Who knows? Maybe Tim Cook is here.
     
  2. G51989 macrumors 68030

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    Honestly, really doubt it.

    When you are in the position of being a CEO for a huge company like that, or its De Facto owner like Steve Jobs, dealing with mountains of crap to do every day.

    I highly doubt they have time to come onto a place like Mac Rumors.
     
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    It is possible, if he needed a laugh.
    But it is very unlikely, as being a CEO might have prevented that due to his contract. He could have accidentally spilled the beans on something, like the original iPhone perhaps.
     
  5. ucfgrad93 macrumors P6

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    I think it is pretty unlikely that either Jobs or Cook ever come here.
     
  6. DevAndy thread starter macrumors member

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    Plot twist: MacRumors is owned by Apple. Bait n' Switch. :D
     
  7. ucfgrad93 macrumors P6

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    Wait, what if Arn is really Tim Cook?:eek:
     
  8. DevAndy, Jul 5, 2014
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    DevAndy thread starter macrumors member

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    The thing is no one expects Arn, so Tim Cook is probably running around MacRumors somewhere.

    EDIT: This is amazing. Just found his tweet:

    [​IMG]
     
  9. ejb190 macrumors 65816

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    A number of years ago there was a single post made by a new member the day before a keynote. I don't remember if it confirmed or denied a rumor that was floating around at the time, but it was accurate and very "Jobs-like" in its brevity. Made a lot of us wonder.

    Can't find the thread right now.
     
  10. DevAndy thread starter macrumors member

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    Would love it if someone could find that thread. :apple:
     
  11. 0dev macrumors 68040

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    I doubt he ever came on here to talk to customers or whatever but yeah he might have browsed it a few times for a laugh.
     
  12. OneMike macrumors 603

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    I've worked with the CEO of a few large industry specific companies and some went on these types of forums. usually as a guest to read or anonymous post. we're talking companies in the 50-250 million range though and not structured like apple so who knows.

    my guess though is yes. guest though.
     
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    More likely he employed someone to see how the new releases were received.
     
  15. SactoGuy18 macrumors 68020

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    I would not be surprised that a personal assistant of Jobs or someone in the public relations department at Apple set up a special account to do nothing but closely monitor user reactions to Apple product announcements, product releases and earnings calls. And it was done at a computer not located on the Apple campus to make sure no one knew if the poster had ties to Apple.
     
  16. jeremysteele, Jul 6, 2014
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    jeremysteele macrumors 6502

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    quite a few years back (2006) during a keynote demo, Jobs made a spoof podcast with a rumor of a giant-screened ipod during a garageband release.

    Just based off that - I'm guessing he probably checked out these sites now and then. Maybe not "actively participate" due to contracts, but surf around them anyway. CEOs are very curious creatures.



    I miss aqua :(
     
  17. Kiju macrumors member

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    I'm sure there are some higher ups that work for apple that browse the forums from time to time. If there is a large community of people based around your product, you don't tend to leave them completely ignored.
     
  18. chrf097 macrumors 68040

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    It's very well possible that the Apple execs take a peek from time to time, but it's not a guarantee.

    Actually a lot of companies will hire people to go around forums for research (or to post positive things about themselves/negative things about the competition), so there could even be someone at Apple who gets paid to come here/be a member.
     
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    Very well reasoned and articulately presented argument supporting your position.:rolleyes:

    I do not, for a moment, think Jobs perused this site...oh, the hubris!:eek:

    Whether other employees at Apple did so is up for grabs...
     
  21. SandboxGeneral Moderator

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    It is confirmed from MacRumors web logs that employees from the Apple campus do visit the site. But whether the CEO and other executives visit is unknown.
     
  22. luckydcxx macrumors 65816

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  23. TechGod macrumors 68040

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    Very interesting. What must they read Mac Rumours for? Comedy during lunch break?:D
     
  24. smithrh macrumors 68020

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    Feedback on products; feedback on technical support; feedback on strategic and tactical moves.

    Who's to say that just before his famous meltdown on MobileMe that Steve didn't visit MacRumors for a few minutes to see how users liked (or didn't) the product?
     

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