Can you save someone’s life with Facebook? Find out more here
If you live in the USA or the UK you can now indicate on your Facebook timeline that you would like to donate your organs to others should the situation arise. Your intention can be made public or you can set your privacy settings so for instance, only your close family know of your wishes. If set to show publicly your wishes will be shown in the ‘life events’ section on your timeline.
Some cynics worry that this Facebook initiative could be an attempt to show Facebook in a good light prior to it’s forthcoming IPO. Others that those who indicate they would donate may not follow it through in practice. However charities and non profits in the donation sector both in the UK and the USA are applauding the initiative. Following on from the announcement made by Mark Zuckerberg earlier this week, it has been reported that ‘sign ups’ for donations have risen 800% in California alone.
In the USA 113,953 people were on the waiting list for an organ or tissue transplant, including 21,989 in California. But about one-third of those on waiting lists - about 18 people each day - die because of a shortage of matching organs. While in the UK 3 people die every day waiting for an organ transplant.
If just one person’s life is saved it makes this initiative a worthwhile example of how online social networks can use their networking power to do good.
So let’s try and save a life! Post a link to this story on Facebook or retweet this feature on Twitter
To sign up to show your willingness to donate your organs via Facebook
If you are in the USA click here http://www.donorssavelives.org
If you are in the UK click here http://www.facebook.com/organdonationuk
If you are not based in the UK or the USA, don’t worry,the ability to sign up for organ donation via Facebook is due to be rolled out to other countries in the near future, but why wait? Just sign up with your local health service anyway and save that life.