Firstly, a social media website can connects people. My sister Mina lives in the Czech Republic and I can share my mother's birthday and my cousin's wedding pictures with her via facebook. She would know that we are healthy and miss her very much. In old times it was impossible to connect people who lives at abroad. I remember that my aunt who lives in US could call only once or twice a year, because she could not afford the expensive international call fee. We missed her a lot, therefore we exchanged letters. However the letters take long time to get here. The problem is, you have to pay to make a intenational phone call. Also you need to pay for the stamps, and international stamps are cost a lot. For a social media website you don't need to pay anymore, if you are already paying for the internet and a lap top or a smartphone.