Facebook aims to save lives with new organ donor feature

By on May 1, 2012
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Hopes to save more lives on a daily basis.


Facebook today announced a new feature that allows its close to 900 million users to help save lives by sharing their organ donor status.

The feature allows users currently in the UK or US to sign up for official organ donor programs in their region, and share their status on their timeline. In an interview with ABC News, Mark Zuckerberg said that Facebook is being used all the time by people to find lost things, like when the tsunami in Japan took place. So his next logical idea was to think about how Facebook could actually improve upon people’s lives, and so the organ donor status was born.

It’s a subject that is close to Zuckerberg’s heart, as his girlfriend is a pediatrician who often sees young patients waiting for organs to become available while not getting any better. Zuckerberg’s long time idol, the late Steve Jobs, also received a liver transplant to improve his health before he passed away.

As Zuckerberg said, it’s not something he is forcing on Facebook users or trying to guilt people into signing up, but if anyone feels like they want to make a difference, they can sign up to be an organ donor with just a few clicks.


A former IT & Marketing Manager turned full time Editor, Nick enjoys hurling fireballs and tinkering with the latest gadgets. Follow him on Twitter as @theregos

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