Facebook and Your Organs

May 1st, 2012 at 8:49 am by under Overheard Online

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What a wonderful blog headline, don’t you agree?

In case you haven’t heard, Facebook is adding the option of “organ donor” to the Life Events section of the timeline, where you can select whether you are an organ donor.

The folks at Facebook explain more about this feature here. Zuckerburg explains that it’s his hope that people can learn more about organ donations this way, and awareness can be raised. Here’s how it got started:

Zuckerberg said his friendship with Apple Inc. co-founder Steve Jobs, who had received a liver transplant before he died last year, helped spur the idea, as did talks with his girlfriend Priscilla Chan, a medical student.

More than 112,000 Americans are waiting for organs and 18 people die every day from the lack of available organs, according to Donate Life America, a nonprofit that is teaming with Facebook.

Maybe this will raise awareness, but to me, it feels like just one more way Facebook is wanting to dig into your personal life. Sure, you have the option to not signify your organ status on Facebook (and at least this time they give you an option instead of forcing you into something), but I am a little weirded out that the option is on the table anyway.

What’s next? Blood type?

What are your thoughts? Is this a good way to raise awareness, or just too personal?

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