Greensboro, NC - On Tuesday, Facebook launched a new feature that allows users to post on their Facebook timeline that they are an organ donor, and then share this information with all of their friends.
The founder of Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, said he wanted to spread awareness about organ donation, and with over 900 million members on the website he founded, he felt it would be a good place to do it.
According to the Department of Health and Human Services, eighteen people die every day waiting on an organ, and 12 people are added to the waiting list every hour.
The news was met with open arms by Carolina Donor Services, according to Beth Hinesley, Community Relations Coordinator with the organization.
Hinesley told News 2 there is so much need, having donors publicly announce their donor status will help spread the word.
Some people in downtown Greensboro were excited about the announcement, but others were hesitant to share so much information on Facebook.
Moe Williams said, "It's very intrusive, I think it's too much information on Facebook, the stuff I like to share on Facebook is stuff you can get in casual conversations so if I'm not going to mention organ donation in casual conversation, I don't want it on my Facebook."
Becca Johnson, however, said she had no problem doing this, saying, "I think there is nothing wrong with putting it on Facebook. I don't really see a negative behind it, so I think it's a good idea. It's just another way to publicize you are an organ donor."
Michael Johnson agreed, saying, "I don't have a problem with it being public. You don't have to put it on your page if you don't want to so it's your option. I don't see why there would be a problem with having the option to spread awareness."