Will you add organ donor as ‘life event’ on your Facebook Timeline?

Facebook users will be able to add organ donor preferences to their profiles through ‘life event’, encouraging their friends to become organ donors as well.

Organ Donor 'Life Event'

This isn’t an official registration for donating organs, but a social pledge making everyone in your family and friends aware of your decision. This possibly could be used by family members to make decisions about unregistered donors more confidently.  May be such public status updates will influence others too considering the impressive number of 901mn members in the network.

According to a  press release by Facebook, “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. 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.”

Some are raising questions about the effectiveness of this feature in driving awareness about organ donation. Though, according to one survey by Mashable nearly 60% of respondents think that ‘Organ Donor’ life event will help those in needs. It will be a while before you see this feature functional on your page.

Do you plan to donate your organs anytime soon?

 

 

 

Breaking News: Dislike button to adorn profile pictures in your Timeline (Limited trial)

Believe it or not, it doesn’t happen every day that Mark Zuckerberg himself calls your office to say ‘thank you’ for the delicious biscuits you had sent for his Beast (Mark’s Hungarian sheepdog).

Beast, Mark Zuckerberg's Hungarian sheep dog

 

Well, there you go, our exclusive opportunity to extend our love for biscuits, dogs and masala chai (chai is for us) to Timeline, apps and brands.

That is when Mark spilled the beans and told us about the Dislike button which will be rolled out as next set of features with the Timeline. Dislike button will adorn your profile picture for a day i.e. on the first day of April. This will be part of an innovation trail campaign to test new features by Facebook. Good news is that you can have a go at your friends’ pictures on a disliking spree. Now, isn’t that really cool and slightly wicked 😉

Well, all the best to Mark and special thanks to Beast for helping us to provide this scoop. 🙂 We promise to keep sending more biscuits for Beast. Of course, we would expect more such scoops in return.

If you’ve read so far, then you will surely want to share this and contribute to the global April Fools count 🙂

Getting rid of creepy friends the Facebook way

Facebook = Friends. However, all friends are not created equal; some by default are your favourite chat buddies, others the secret keepers, some come handy for hitchhiking to college or office, while others are life of your party. Based on this social phenomenon Facebook introduced Smart Lists in September last year, an easy way to segregate your friends as co-workers, college friends, relatives etc. This was to make sure you share only what is relevant to your friends in these lists.

Now, that you have done that, you probably want to keep updated more about a selected few of your friends and want to avoid others (e.g. some relatives or creepy friends). To help you do that Facebook recently revamped its ‘Acquaintances’ list, to add those friends from whom you would like to get fewer updates through the Acquaintance list suggestion manager.

Updates from your friends in the Acquaintances list will appear with much less frequency in your News Feed. You can also choose to selectively share your updates with friends minus the acquaintances. Those in this somewhat ignored list won’t be able to know of your intentions, so there won’t be any fear of some awkward confrontation later on. Plus, you don’t have to delete anyone anymore, just manage them the Facebook way