Facebook announces launch of new organ-donation tool to help those in need of transplants
by Allyson Koerner
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Facebook is known worldwide as one of the most powerful social media networks. First starting out as a place for college kids to convene, then expanding its services to the entire world and then adding a variety of applications, it never ceases to amaze. Now, the social network is expanding its horizons with an organ-donation tool.

Facebook’s Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer Mark Zuckerberg and Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg announced earlier this morning on “Good Morning America” that Facebook users in the United States and United Kingdom can now add whether they are organ donors within the health and wellness section on their timelines.

Zuckerberg came up with the idea after talking with his girlfriend/medical student Priscilla Chan and finding inspiration from his late friend Steve Jobs.

“Facebook is really about communicating and telling stories. We think that people can really help spread awareness of organ donation, and that they want to participate in this with their friends. And that can be a big part of helping solve the crisis that’s out there,” Zuckerberg told “GMA” anchor Robin Roberts.

Facebook launches new organ-donation tool to help those in need of a transplant“We want to make it simple. You just put in the state or country that you’re from, so that we can help link you to the official registries. People are using the same social tools that they’re using just to keep in touch with people on a day-to-day basis to solve these important issues. Even if this doesn’t touch everyone, I hope this can make a real impact,” he continued.

The passing of Jobs really inspired Zuckerberg to create this tool. “That definitely, I think, was something that we all had in mind as we were building this out … 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.”

With more than 114,000 people in the U.S. and millions worldwide in need of a transplant, Facebook hopes “the power of sharing and connection can play an important role.”

In addition to sharing your story and adding that you’re an organ donor, there will also be a link provided to the official donor registry for those who are not registered and want to become one.

Tonight, Sandberg will sit down with Diane Sawyer on ABC’s World News installment to discuss the new initiative. So, if you want to learn more, be sure to watch. Also, here’s a “how to” video provided by Facebook so you know exactly how to add organ donor to your timeline.

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About Allyson Koerner

Allyson Koerner first found her love of writing while attending Westminster College in Pennsylvania, and that passion evolved while she was earning her Master's in Print & Multimedia Journalism at Boston's Emerson College. She's an experienced writer dabbling in all things vegan, green, entertainment and TV-related. Feel free to keep tabs on her over at Twitter: @AllysonKoerner.

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