Donate your organs via Facebook

Mourning

With all the hubbub about Facebook’s IPO last week, I thought I would write about something Facebook-related, namely donating your organs.

Seriously.

Facebook users in the US and UK can now use a new feature to sign up, via Facebook, with their local organ-donor registries. This will show on their timelines, and the idea is that peer pressure will have a positive effect on each donor’s friend lists, encouraging them to also sign up. While many people think of Facebook as a silly timewaster, this type of social media experiment shows the potential for a far-reaching, positive social network.

You can read a full article on this Facebook experiment over at PC World.

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