Ah, Facebook. It's good to have you back ...
"Still not paying to read your *insert poo emoji here," Scott said.
That was one of the first charming comments as the Illawarra Mercury Facebook page roared back into life on Friday morning.
Thanks Scott for your delightful greeting ... on our Illawarra Mercury Facebook page. There is an irony in that, isn't there?
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The week without Facebook has been an interesting one to be brutally honest.
Sure, we've missed some of the traffic Facebook provides, but we didn't miss the cesspool of negativity it can be and seems to have evolved into.
Yet once again, Facebook will return as just one of the ways we deliver our content out into the world.
Once again we'll suffer those like Scott who make the social media platform the "pleasant" place it can be.
But we will also welcome back those who make it a much better space.
Readers like Lyn, who simply offered "Welcome back" on our first post on Facebook on Friday.
Thanks Lyn, it's great to see you again too.
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