A hugely interesting use of Social Media by Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, recommending Facebook users become organ donors, has attracted many comments.
The new Facebook tool announced recently has the potential to save lives. It will allow people to share their status as an organ donor on their timelines.
Mark, as Facebook CEO, spoke with Robin Roberts on ‘Good Morning America’ on May 1 to discuss the new tool which, apparently, is available to US and UK users.
Mark explained that the project was inspired by Facebook members who have used the site to solve problems creatively. He hopes this new initiative will spread awareness and encourage people to register as donors. Mark,and Sheryl Sandberg, wrote in a May 1 post:
“Today, more than 114,000 people in the United States, and millions more around the globe, are waiting for the heart, kidney or liver transplant that will save their lives..
Many of those people – an average of 18 people per day – will die waiting, because there simply aren’t enough organ donors to meet the need. 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.”
To help spread awareness of this issue and share your organ donor status on your timeline, click on ‘Life Event,’ then ‘Health and Wellness’.
Choosing the ‘Organ Donor’ option will allow you to fill in where and when you registered as well as share a personal story. As usual, you can choose which groups of friends you would like to share your organ donor status with.
A link will be provided so you can officially sign up with an appropriate organ donor registry.
Several points are raised here by Biothics.net. This post, by Summer Johnson McGee PhD, does not downgrade the huge publicity Facebook brings and the hopes of sourcing many more organ donations.
The article simply queries the level of education about organ donation on Facebook, asking if people will actually think about what they are doing, will they have discussed it with family and what might arise from what this new system.
What a huge concept..