How much information do you share with Facebook? Actually, forget that: why do you share it? Is it because people genuinely need to know this stuff, or is it because you like the attention? That’s a question we’re pondering about a new addition to your Facebook Timeline. Could your social networking actually save lives?
Facebook has just gifted users the ability to add whether or not they are an organ donor to their Timeline. The new status type comes under the ‘Health and Wellbeing’ section of your ‘Life Events’. Click on it and you’ll be able to tell people when and why you became a donor.
Not currently registered? Facebook will proffer a link to the appropriate site to become a donor based on your region. Question is, can this save lives? Check out the video below for details:
“We never could have anticipated that what started as a small network would evolve into such a powerful tool for communication and problem solving,” reads Facebook’s official newsroom posting. “As this happens, we hope to build tools that help people transform the way we all solve worldwide social problems.”
Now, the obvious question here is whether this has any real value, or is simply a way to feel a bit more self-righteous. We’re in no way making out that being an organ donor isn’t a great thing, and it’s obvious that Facebook helping more people become donors is ace, but we’d wager that – upon your grizzly death – the paramedics probably won’t immediately head to your Timeline to get your info.