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National Blood Donor Day : New Facebook Tool will make easier to Find, Donate blood in India

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New Delhi, Sep 28: Facebook is rolling out a new tool for its 201 million Indian users that would make it easier for them to donate blood to the needy, while connecting blood banks and hospitals to willing donors residing nearby.

Starting October 1 — National Blood Donor Day — Facebook users in India will be able to start signing up to be blood donors, the social network giant said in a blog post on Thursday.

To help encourage participation, Facebook will show a message in News Feed or people can edit their Profiles to sign up.

All information will remain private and set to “only me” by default, but people can choose to share their donor status on their timelines.

“This will first be available on Android and mobile web, as these are the most widely-used platforms in India,” said Facebook’s Health Product Manager Hema Budaraju and Ritesh Mehta, Head of Programmes in South Asia.

When individuals or organisations are in need of blood, they will 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.

Donors can then review the request and, if they wish to respond, contact the requestor directly through WhatsApp, Messenger or a phone call.

The person who needs blood would not be able to see any information about the donor, unless the donor explicitly provides it when he/she reaches out to the person in need of blood.

“Our teams have identified a real need in India. People are using Facebook literally thousands of times a week to look for blood donors,” Budaraju said.

Facebook has worked with non-profit organisations, health industry experts, potential donors and people who have used the platform to find blood donors to launch this tool.

“We hope this new feature helps people come together in ways that weren’t possible before,” the blog post said. (IANS)

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Now Add Friends In Live Chats On Facebook Messenger

Users need to download the latest version of Messenger to get the new feature.

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Facebook now gives options to add friends from the live chat. Pixabay
Facebook now gives options to add friends from the live chat. Pixabay
  • New Facebook Messenger app has a new feature
  • This feature allows you to add friends from live chat
  • The app will help connect people faster and easily

Facebook has rolled out a new feature in both iOS and Android apps that can allow users to add more friends and family members to a live audio and video chats in Messenger.

With the update, users need not hang up and manually add people into a conversation before restarting the call.

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Now add friends on live chat! VOA

“We’re excited to share a small new feature that will hopefully have a big impact to make your video and audio chats easier and faster than ever,” Sarah Morris, Product Manager of Messenger, wrote in a blog post on Wednesday.

Earlier, to turn a one-on-one video or audio chat into a group chat, users had to hang up, start a new conversation from your inbox — either by creating an entirely new message or by searching for an old one — and then turn that conversation into a call.

Facebook's this feature is available on the upgraded version of messenger. AFP
Facebook’s this feature is available on the upgraded version of messenger. AFP

While in a video chat or on a voice call, tap the screen, select the “add person” icon and choose who you want to join.

All the filters and effects would be available and after the chat ends, a group chat is created automatically in a user’s inbox.

Users need to download the latest version of Messenger to get the feature. IANS