Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, had already announced that Facebook is going to announce a new feature for facebook timeline that will help save lives company has revealed that it will allow users to state that they are organ donors on their Timeline, providing links to help them sign up with a donor registry also.
Facebook explains the new feature:
With the addition of “organ donor” to the Life Events section of timeline, you can state your intention to become an organ donor, and share your story about when, where or why you decided to become a donor. If you are not officially registered as an organ donor, sign up with the appropriate registry.
To add that you’re an organ donor to your Timeline, you have to follow the following instructions:
- Click Life Event at the top of your timeline
- Select Health & Wellness
- Select Organ Donor
- Select your audience and click Save
The company says that the feature “is only available in some countries,” providing links to registries in both the US and UK, so it could be limited on launch day and roll out wider as Facebook partners with donation charities and organisations around the world.
In the release, Zuckerberg and Sandberg noted:
Facebook’s mission is simple: to make the world more open and connected. But the Facebook community has also shown us that simply through sharing and connecting, the world gets smaller and better. Even one individual can have an outsized impact on the challenges facing another, and on the world. At Facebook, we call that the power of friends.
The report states that one organization that tracks registrants for organ donation, Donate Life California, says that numbers are up 800% since yesterday:
Donate Life California wrote on its Facebook page Tuesday: “As of 12:30pm today, the Donate Life California registry has increased its online donor sign ups by nearly 800% from yesterday thanks to this mornings announcement of the partnership with Facebook! Thank you Facebook!”