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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg wants to use the power of social networking to find donors for those who need it

Facebook may be a social-networking giant on the web that pokes its nose into everyone's business all too often, but sometimes this shared information can be used for good instead of evil.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg recently came up with the idea to allow Facebook users to list whether they are organ donors or not on the website. According to Donate Life America, which is partnering with Facebook for the venture, 112,000 Americans are waiting on organs and 18 people die daily because of the lack of organ availability.

The idea to add organ donor information to Facebook, Zuckerberg said, came from recent conversations he had with current girlfriend Priscilla Chan, who is going to medical school to become a pediatrician.

According to Zuckerberg, Chan often describes children in need of organ donors, but can sometimes die waiting. There have also been success stories where a child receives the transplant they need and end up living a normal life.

For instance, Chan once met a young boy in need of a heart transplant. His skin had actually turned blue due to the lack of oxygen, but he ended up receiving the heart transplant and was outside playing sports only weeks later.

"How can that not make you happy?" asked Zuckerberg.

In addition to Chan's stories, Zuckerberg was inspired by last year's passing of former Apple CEO Steve Jobs, who received a liver transplant in 2009 that extended his life.

"That definitely, I think, was something that we all had in mind as we were building this out," said Zuckerberg. "His story is just one of many, of people who both were able to have an organ transplant that made his life longer and he was extremely thankful for that."

If a user is not an organ donor, they will have the option to register via a link on Facebook.

"Facebook is really about communicating and telling stories," said Zuckerberg. "We think that people can really help spread awareness of organ donation and that they want to participate in this to their friends. And that can be a big part of helping solve the crisis that's out there."

Users in the U.S. and U.K. will be able to add that they are organ donors to their Timelines starting today under the "Health and Wellness" section.

Sources: Facebook, ABC News

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By GulWestfale on 5/1/2012 1:04:50 PM , Rating: 1
what if theres a software bug and you become a donor against your will? and how is this any of fvcking mark zuckerberg's business, exactly?

By Schrag4 on 5/1/2012 3:43:58 PM , Rating: 2
Did you read the article? Your donor status isn't handled by FB, they're just providing a link to where you register. Is Mr. Z. trying to do anything other than raise awareness? It's not like he's asking you to change your lifestyle to lower the earth's temperature. He's just asking you to consider donating your organs to help someone in need AFTER YOU DIE. Let's pretend that FB does actually sign you up accidentally. Do you think that an ambulance will show up at your house the next day with a crew to harvest your organs!?!? LOL

By Trisped on 5/1/2012 5:43:20 PM , Rating: 2
While comical, I think you missed the point.

What is the point of putting your donor status on Facebook? Either you want people to think you are cool or a humanitarian (which is not what being a donor is about), you are trying to encourage other people to be donors.

Personally I am more concerned by the social media aspect of it. People put so much info on Facebook already. How hard would it be to find a donor in your area with matching blood type? Sure, there is the issue of them being alive, but who would let a small little problem like that stand in the way of leading a normal and healthy life?

By Schrag4 on 5/1/2012 6:48:20 PM , Rating: 2
What is the point of putting your donor status on Facebook?

1. Do Facebook users have to put their donor status on Facebook?
2. What is the point of putting ANYTHING on Facebook?

Again, I fail to see how raising awareness is harming anyone here. If people want to boost their ego by declaring their donor status, that's their business. Isn't that like 95% of what goes on with FB anyway? I don't know - I'm not a user.

Online Organ
By dice1111 on 5/1/2012 2:17:14 PM , Rating: 2
Can I donate my e-peen...?

RE: Online Organ
By kattanna on 5/2/2012 10:54:46 AM , Rating: 3
i doubt anyone would want something so small


Good idea, but
By PrinceGaz on 5/1/2012 4:07:59 PM , Rating: 2
Saying you'll donate your organs on a social-networking site is irrelevant, unless (in Britain anyway) you have an Organ Donor card you carry with you, AND your closest relatives agree to the donation of your organs.

If you don't have the donor card, OR your relatives decide just after you are pronounced dead, that that they don't want some of your organs removed to help someone else live, then no donations happen, even if the now dead person wanted to donate them and was carrying a card. Ticking a box on a website won't do much to change that.

Personally I'd be happy for all my bits to be reused if they are still in serviceable condition (which probably rules out my liver), though some pf my bits whilst in very serviceable condition would probably be unsuitable for most people (except pr0n stars) due to being to large :D

Do it like other countries...
By Qapa on 5/1/2012 5:22:09 PM , Rating: 2
You can, if you want, take the time to register to opt-out of being an organ donor.

Because, if you really want not to be a donor, and it may be your choice to do so, you will definitely be informed and make the effort for such a thing.

Otherwise, people just don't take the time and effort to do that for other people... most people are uninformed and don't know how, where, what effort it will take them, etc and end up not doing so even without being against it.

The most I can concede here, is that you could have a few months to register to opt-out, before it changes to default "everyone is a donor"...

PS: Btw, I'm talking about people dying and their organs being eligible for donation. As for live donation (kidney, marrow, etc, is a different thing...).

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