The new function of including organ donor status on Facebook could help save thousands of lives. It may seem like a simple addition to your Facebook profile, but Facebook creator Mark Zucherberg believes it will accomplish a much bigger goal.

Mark Zucherberg told ABC in an interview:

What we hope will happen is that by just having this simple tool, we think that people can really help spread awareness of organ donation and that they want to participate in this to their friends. That can be a big part of helping solve the crisis that’s out there.

Zucherberg's theory makes perfect sense. Facebookers have always been eager to share photos of good times and big announcements on the social networking site, so why not share how philanthropic you are as well? Will this become a trend and influence more and more people to become organ donors through passive peer persuasion? Only time will tell but I'm glad to see the Facebook team realizing the impact it has on the world. I hope it continues to take progressive steps to help guide it's site's direction down a positive path.

Get all the information you need on how to share your organ donor status on Facebook's FAQ page here