Facebook has announced a status update with real impact.
A new feature will allow users to share the fact that they are an organ donor, spreading awareness and encouraging others to register.
For people who aren't yet donors, the new tool also provides a link to donor 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 social issues," Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook CEO, told Good Morning America. "So, we figured, OK, well, could we do anything that would help people solve other types of issues, like all of the people who need organ donations in the world?"
People such as Damon Brown, a Seattle man who was in need of a kidney donor, know all about how awareness can lead to action through social networking. The dad of two found a donor after creating a Facebook page that his friends and family shared, the Associated Press reported. The kidney came from an acquaintance who donated in honor of Brown's kids "because they deserve to have a dad around."
Click through the slideshow below to read about people who have used Facebook to spread awareness about organ donation, as well as to find donors.
To establish yourself as an organ donor and help spread awareness on Facebook, click on "Life Event," "Health and Wellness," then "Organ Donor."