You can learn a lot about a person from their Facebook profile and now you can even find out which members of your social network are organ donors. In an effort to spread awareness about the important role organ donors play in our society, Facebook is now allowing all of its users to share their organ donor status.
A recent report from USA Today discusses how the new addition of this Facebook update (which will appear on the Timeline and in the About section of a user’s profile) can help get the word out on how important and what a difference organ donors make.
Facebook CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, released a statement which reads, “Medical experts believe that broader awareness about organ donation could go a long way toward solving this crisis. And we believe that by simply telling people that you're an organ donor, the power of sharing and connection can play an important role.” Natural disasters like Japan’s tsunami and earthquake as well as the most recent tornadoes in Missouri prompted Facebook to come up with the idea of having an organ donor status.
Users can decide whether or not to share their organ donor status and choose which friends they wish to see the information. Who knows, maybe it will become trendy to be an organ donor.
What do you think of Facebook’s move to allow users to share their organ donor status?
Do you think this will help raise awareness about the important role organ donors play?
I am proud to be an organ donor! Facebook doesn't make anyone post anything they don't want made public, with the exception of your gender. I would definitely post "Yes I am an organ donor." I also think Facebook should encourage people to donate blood. Some free credits would make a nice reward!! :)
I'm not sure
This just sounds like PR stunt for Facebook as they try to improve their reputation before their IPO. Also another way for them to collect information about people...VERY personal information. I won't post my organ-donating status on FB, it's none of their business.
Yes! This is a fantastic idea. Organ donations save lives. Good for Facebook that they are helping raise awareness.