Facebook gives 'sharing' a whole new meaning for organ donors
Are you ready to put your organs on Facebook? The social network has announced plans to help organ donors link up with people that need transplants.
Mark Zuckerberg announced the decision today, citing his friendship with Steve Jobs, who got a liver transplant in 2009 that enabled him to live for another two years, and pilot Apple to greater successes.
Facebook users will be able to add a new life event in their Timeline, by selecting 'Add life event', and then 'Health and Wellness'. 'Organ donor' will appear at the top of the list of possible life events. Then, Facebook will give you a link to register with your local organ donor registry, and you can share your new status with your friends.
This really is a good example of the power of social networking. We've seen its power for those who want to find old friends, find love, get a job, or raise money for a worthy cause. But this is the first time that a network as large as Facebook has applied the power of social networking for organ donors. There's really no downside to this.
The demand is clearly there, as some have used social media to try and find donors in the past. Technology entrepreneur Amit Gupta recently found a transplant to help him fight leukemia, following a campaign via his own web site and Facebook page.
Facebook's activities won't let people find matching donors directly via the social network - but they will encourage more people to register in the right places that allow others to find them. As such, this is an amazing awareness-raising opportunity for people everywhere.
Danny Bradbury, MSN Tech & Gadgets