Yeah, I got an iPad -- at the SoHo Apple Store in Manhattan Saturday morning. (I ran into Gawker Media founder/chief Nick Denton on my way out; he was heading in to get one himself. We grabbed coffee and he gave me a sneak peak of the elegant new iPad-friendly version of Gawker, a major user-interface rethink that all Gawker Media properties will be rolling out.)
I have to say that I'm surprised by how much I love the damn thing. Over the past few months, I refrained from publicly joining the chorus of naysayers who pre-emptively dismissed Apple's God tablet as just an iPod Touch on steroids; I secretly harbored the same suspicion, but decided to wait and see. (Besides, betting against Apple is a fool's game.) Two days later I've been converted: It is, truly, a game changer, as Steve Jobs & Co. keep saying ad nauseam. More thoughts on that to come, but for now, a few notes and observations related to this week's Trendrr chart (which has been to moved to today from its usual Wednesday spot because of the iPad):
- On Saturday, there were 360,576 tweets name-checking the iPad. This morning Apple revealed that it sold over 300,000 iPads on Saturday ("sales included deliveries of pre-ordered iPads to customers, deliveries to channel partners and sales at Apple Retail Stores").
- Apple itself scored 121,135 tweets on Saturday; in its peak hour, it was name-checked 7,999 times. (The iPad's peak: 26,668 tweets in one hour.)
- iPad users downloaded more than 1 million apps from the App Store and more than 250,000 e-books (or should we call them iBooks now?) on Saturday, according to Apple.
- Amazon's Kindle -- remember that thing? -- was tweeted 9,803 times on Saturday. (Apple's own mature mobile devices did way better than that: the iPhone was name-checked 110,459 times, and the iPod 45,072 times, on Saturday.) And tweets about Kindle were generally not encouraging for Amazon. Here's a sample tweet from Tony Fratto (per his Twitter bio: "Managing Director Hamilton Place Strategies, founder RooseveltRoom.net, CNBC Contributor, frmr US Treasury & WH official"): "Tried out #iPad The doubters are nuts - it's sick. Makes my Kindle look like cave drawings. I don't care if it doesn't replace my laptop." For the record, I'm with Tony.
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Simon Dumenco is the "Media Guy" media columnist for Advertising Age. You can follow him on Twitter @simondumenco.