Facebook Cares: They Share Your Organ Donor Status

First it was your relationship status, then it was those photos from your fraternity days and with that timeline feature, your whole life is an open book.

Now Facebook wants you to share your body—by being an organ donor.

That’s right, the share-happy social media site is adding a feature on the timeline that lets you make people aware that you’re open for organ donation.

In a joint statement, CEO Mark Zuckerberg and Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg said that by bringing awareness to organ donation, it would be useful in alleviating shortages that would prevent doctors from saving lives.

“We believe that by simply telling people that you’re an organ donor, the power of sharing and connection can play an important role,” they said in the statement.

Zuckerberg and Sandberg added, “”We never could have anticipated that what started as a small network would evolve into such a powerful tool for communication and problem solving. As this happens, we hope to build tools that help people transform the way we all solve worldwide social problems.”

Zuckerberg went on ABC’S Good Morning America to present the new feature. Here’s how you can tell your friends that you’re available to save a life:

1)      Go to your profile.

2)      Click Life Event.

3)      Scroll down to the Health & Wellness section.

4)      Click Organ donor and type your state information and date you became a donor. If you’re not officially registered, click on the link that will take you to the state agency responsible for such information.

Publicizing organ donations is another way for Facebook to share all your important information, but this time, it could actually help humankind.

[Source: USA Today, PCMag.com]