Facebook is great for connecting people together. It’s great for following bands, actors, and brands that you like, great for getting the latest news and topics that are relevant to you, and now it seems that over in India, Facebook could soon become handy when it comes to increasing blood donations.

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Facebook has recently announced new feature in India in the form of blood donations, where users can sign up to be blood donors and connect them with people or organizations that might need their blood. According to Facebook, “In the next few weeks, we’ll also make it easier for people and organizations, such as blood banks and hospitals, to connect with blood donors on Facebook.”

“When individuals or organizations are in need of blood, they’ll be able to create a special type of post with all the information donors need to easily offer help. When a request is created, Facebook will automatically notify blood donors who may be nearby to help spread the word.” When donors receive a request, they can review it and choose to respond and can then contact the requestor through a number of platforms like WhatsApp, Messenger, or call them.

Given that Facebook seems to be pretty good at letting users know of nearby events that they might be interested in, this feature actually makes sense and is a good use of the technology, plus it could save lives. No word on whether this feature could find its way to other parts of the world, but for now it will be limited to India.

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