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378 articles from WEDNESDAY 2.5.2012
- WEDNESDAY 2. MAY, 2012
00:14 Facebook Timeline Adds Users' Organ Donor StatusFacebook users who like using social media for a higher purpose, take heart.
Or at least a kidney.
The networking giant's founder this week announced that users will now be able to use a tool that announces whether they are organ donors and could perhaps match up donors and recipients.
At the very least, CEO Mark Zuckerberg hopes it will promote awareness of organ donation.
18 Deaths Each Day
"Today, more than 114,000 people in the United States, and millions more around the globe, are waiting for the heart, kidney or liver transplant that will save their lives," wrote Zuckerberg and COO Sheryl Sandberg in their announcement on Facebook's Newsroom page, titled Friends Saving Lives.
"Many of those people -- an average of 18 people per day -- will die waiting, because there simply aren't enough organ donors to meet the need. Medical experts believe that broader awareness about organ donation could go a long way toward solving this crisis. And we believe that by simply telling people that you're an organ donor, the power of sharing and connection can play an important role."
Users can now note in the new timeline feature that they are donors and share when and why they made the decision. They can also use privacy settings to control who sees that information, which appears in Timeline as well as the news feed.
The new feature comes as Facebook is about to launch its initial public offering for the stock market, and the timing is not likely coincidental.
"One of the problems with Facebook is that it kind of has the feel of a trend," said Rob Enderle, principal analyst at the Enderle Group. "It's great for sharing the pictures of piano-playing cats but some folks will tire of this. A more practical application, like driving more people to donate organs, create cash...
00:06 ScienceShot: There's Cow in Your SmogCalifornia bovines contribute to air pollution
00:01 "Beautiful" New Particle Found at LHC
An atom-smashing experiment at the Large Hadron Collider has detected a new subatomic particle—and it's a beauty.