HOW TO CREATE A SEARCH PAGE ON FACEBOOK
You must be a Facebook user in order to create a page. If you are not a user, you can sign up at Facebook.com. Know that while it takes only about 15 minutes to set up a page, it does take time and dedication to keep people interested after your page is up and running. (More about that below.)
Creating your page:
1. Go to this page on Facebook:
2. Click on the "Cause or Community" category.
3. Consider adding the following information in the "About" and "Description" sections:
- Your story. Tell readers what led to your needing a kidney. Include a little personal information, such as your age; whether you are married; children's ages, if you have children; and the city and state where you reside.
- How long you’ve been on dialysis (or how soon you will need to start) and whether you've had any previous transplants.
- Your blood type and the blood types of people who can donate to you. (See What Determines Compatibility Between a Donor and a Recipient?) However, if your center does paired matching, be sure to mention that someone of any blood type can donate. Otherwise, people may think their blood type must match yours and immediately dismiss the possibility of donating.
- Contact information for testing (transplant center and coordinator). Make it as easy as possible for people to make contact by including names, phone numbers, and e-mail addresses if you have them. Whether you want to share your own contact information is a personal decision.
- Alphoto of yourself. A picture makes your story much more personal.
Once you have created your page:
1. Post a link to it on your personal Facebook page and ask others to “like” and “share" it. (Not everyone knows how to do this, so be sure to say something like “Click the words ‘like’ and ‘share’ directly below.”)
2. In addition, post your link on the Living Kidney Donor Search Page on Facebook.
3. Two or three times a week, post status updates, pictures, or general donation information to keep those who have liked your page interested. However, keep it to 2-3 times a week; if you post too many times, people will no longer notice your posts. They may even "unlike" your page to avoid receiving so many posts.
4. Share the link with everyone you know who is on Facebook or willing to join. E-mail is also an excellent way to spread word to those who aren’t on Facebook.
(Thanks to Facebook's "Find a Kidney Central" for the general framework of this info.)