Facebook may just save lives with its latest feature.
Announced today, the firm’s Organ Donor tool allows everyone with an account on the social network to show their donor status in full view – (similar to relationship status) – on their Timeline, facilitating the 100,000‘s of people out there waiting for such organs to identify and find a possible match more easily than ever before.
Following the feature’s official announcement, speaking to Good Morning America Zuckerberg revealed that, although the feature was considered a no-brainer given Facebook’s current market status, the feature was also largely inspired by Apple’s CEO and Chairman, Steve Jobs, alongside Priscilla Chan, Zuckerberg’s girlfriend, who is currently in the medical realm.
“That definitely, I think, was something that we all had in mind as we were building this out…” Zuck revealed, “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.”
During Apple’s 2009 Worldwide Developers Conference Jobs paused for a moment to thank the person who had sadly died after a car collision, and had been kind enough to give up his liver so that he could be where he was at that time. “Without such generosity I wouldn’t be here today,” Jobs said.
Having received a liver transplant earlier that year, Jobs went on to passionately urge those attending WWDC 09 to sign-up to become organ donors at the earliest opportunity.