Early May brought together a life-saving cause, on-line sign up for organ donation, with an internet gorilla, Facebook. The end result, sky rocketing numbers of people signing up on-line, via Facebook, to become an organ donor. Previously only 2 percent of new registrations were done on-line. And if my math is correct, it was a 93 percent increase after the first day (from 400 registrants to 6,000).
The Facebook application allows adults in 22 states to consent to be an organ donor through an on-line registry. Wisconsin offers one program; and I blogged about it last year. My blog did not have the Facebook effect. But getting the word out is important.
I am not the biggest fan of Facebook; it seems to bring out sophomoric behavior in otherwise lovely adults. But the results of its latest application are wonderful. Kuddos Facebook!