Can facebook save lives?

@daeckardt (6245)
United States
July 16, 2011 12:47pm CST
I did a search of discussions to see if anyone else started a discussion on this topic, but didn't find anything. I just read an article on yahoo news that talked about how a parent's status updates on her son's condition lead to diagnosis of a deadly disease. The article can be found at: http://shine.yahoo.com/channel/parenting/how-facebook-saved-a-childs-life-and-could-save-many-more-2512019/. Have you used facebook in this fashion? Do you have similar experiences? I seldom go into facebook any more and have almost never posted anything there although I would look at the status updates on occasion. What do you think about this?
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@bunnybon7 (35009)
• Holiday, Florida
18 Jul 11
that sounds very good and quite a great idea. i bet it does happen that people find kids on there etc. it would work if people really kept at it together like an amber alert. ive never tried twitter. wouldnt that be faster? as i hear people just post every few minutes, hrs, whatever as whats going on with them.
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@daeckardt (6245)
• United States
18 Jul 11
I'm sure that any of the social networking sites would produce results if people go in there often. When I read the article, I just had to ask about it. It just really made me feel good that people could help each other out like that. Thanks for the response!
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@thatgirl13 (7307)
• South Korea
18 Jul 11
That is really good. I mean people from facebook saving lives She was a clever mom, I feel. Anyway I had read somewhere about a guy whose life was saved because of twitter. I mean he saved himself from being full paralysed thanks to some of the tweets from some of his friends. I don't really remember the story now but it was something like that Social networkins can be boon and a curse at times!
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• South Korea
19 Jul 11
I'm so sorry for the loss in your family. I hope he is in a better place now
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@daeckardt (6245)
• United States
21 Jul 11
Thanks. Anything has to be better than the troubled life he led since his parents divorced and got remarried (to other people). His step mom didn't want him or his sister around once they went back to their mother and my brother often had trouble getting to visit the kids because his new wife was so demanding of his time and wouldn't allow them to stay at his house without a fight.
• South Korea
21 Jul 11
Wow that was really not nice of her to not let your brother meet his own children! It must have been hard on everyone, the divorce I mean. I have always believed that divorce has a harsh impact on the children.
• United States
20 Jul 11
Honestly I have never utilized Facebook for this situation, I always considered it as a social site, information, stores. But it's nice to hear that at least something positive came out of Facebook, normally all you hear about it is negativity. To be honest with I haven't been to active on Facebook once a week I might log on to look around and on occassions update my profile and/or status, but not as before.
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• United States
25 Jul 11
I am so sorry to hear about your nephew, it is unfortunate to hear the way you heard the news, but that is the way that most people now a days are communicating. I personally find it to be so impersonal. I barely ever log on to facebook myself, I have an account, but I never go on it. I used to be addicted to it at first, I found it nice when I found old friends, but lately it's just sometimes so annoying.
• United States
21 Jul 11
I had read about that (actually found the original article through a link posted on FB). It is a good illustration of how a social network can make a difference in people's personal lives. I use multiple social networking sites, and I have both given and received advice through these networks. I have also learned of new things (such as new sites on which to earn money or prizes) that I probably wouldn't have otherwise come across. An even better illustration, though, of the power of social networks can be seen in the fall of dictators. Both Twitter and Facebook (more the former than the latter) have been credited in having an important role in the "Arab Spring."
@daeckardt (6245)
• United States
21 Jul 11
I haven't really been active in either site so I wasn't aware of this aspect of social networking. I hadn't heard about the fall of dictators that you mentioned either. I don't follow the news at all except occasionally looking at the headlines on yahoo news or if it is mentioned in a discussion here. Thanks for the response!
• Philippines
21 Jul 11
Yes of course facebook can save lives in his own unique ways, just like for example you badly needed a blood donor, you can simply ask for help by tagging what you want to say to every friends you have, it's a faster and easy way to do.
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@daeckardt (6245)
• United States
21 Jul 11
I have never considered using facebook in that manner, but to me, it was always a site where I played games that I eventually became bored with and I could occasionally see some of the things that people I had known were doing. Thanks for the response!
@KrauseHome (34783)
• United States
20 Jul 11
Personally I feel that Facebook could be a good tool for finding help with a lot of problems just like posting in here can. The only thing is how many people really want to get so personal and just spread their dirty laundry out there? But if it helps with situations Health wise in many situations as so many different people are posting there it is a Good thing.
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@daeckardt (6245)
• United States
21 Jul 11
I agree with you on that. I have never posted anything personal on there. I did respond occasionally to something someone else posted, but never anything personal. Thanks for the response!
@AmbiePam (47877)
• United States
18 Jul 11
I read about that. It's quite amazing. As for my Facebook usage, I have no idea why I'm even a member. I signed up because it got me more free samples. And people kept telling me to. So I did, but I rarely sign in at all. I just can't seem to get into it.
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@kaylachan (4776)
• Daytona Beach, Florida
16 Jul 11
Since Facebook Launched, it's grown to be one of the largest social networking websites out there. And, with this in mind with fan pages, status updates and games it's possible for anything to realistically happen. Facebook has connected lost family members, supported causes and have curbed crimes all based on status updates. So it is realistically possible, that that news article is true and that Facebook is responsible for saving a life. With the over 70 billion on facebook worldwide, it's no secret something's going to happen, and that one status update can lead to remarkable things. If big name companies can use Facebook, and twitter to connect with costmers and solve problems... then something like what you've said is also within the realm of possibilities.
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• United States
16 Jul 11
Although I do not use my Facebook much anymore I do have a lot of family and friends listed there. I feel that situations as with this article can be very beneficial. Though many today use Facebook for status updates and silly things, I think that if one were to post something such as your article is indicating that many would be willing to help and or research which would be a benefit. I know that although I do not use mine too much that if I read something like this I too would take time to help if I can and even research for someone.
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• United States
16 Jul 11
I personally have a pool of friends that spans the globe and ranges in age from 17-60, so I would have a lot of varied experiences to draw from if something like this were to happen to me (a child or other family member taking ill). I'd be interested to find out if posting missing children information on Facebook or whatever has been beneficial. I'll occasionally see a friend post an Amber Alert type message hoping that others will do the same. I usually do but then I don't see any of my other friends reposting it from me, so I can see how it could be a very effective method of tracking down a missing child but only if people actually participate.
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