So I am 'older' generation (60 this year) and have come to the internet as one of those 'careful', older users – in contrast to the 'click-happy' kids of today who seem to see the internet as a vast field of exploration just made for them.I use Word, Excel and so on at work (but many young friends tell me to use Open Office instead and support the 'free underdog'! – I have tried it out, it seems to work really well, but it's not what my office uses). So I have gradually explored internet 'stuff', read things, learned how to search the information, ordered online. But how do you find your place in this big cyberworld? How do you discover things, but equally learn to move within the limited world that is relevant to you, close to you? But then a little voice says, 'it's always been that way' – as a schoolchild your were taught to use libraries, the Dewey system. You graduated from a few books in your bedroom, to the school library, then to the Taylorian and Bodleian. And they were vast! But you learned to navigate, you found out the stuff YOU needed, learned to ignore lots of other information – and were occasionally surprised by something you weren't looking for doing a 'flanker' on you, but opening up something really interesting that you had not been considering before (I read languages at Exeter in the seventies, but got really enthused by my 'discovery' of linguistics. This remained just an interest, a sideline, until I worked in a big Comprehensive where we taught everyone languages and we discovered that understanding language per se helped bridge UK kids into accepting the strange sounds and patterns of that wierd 'foreign' language they were having forced upon them). I digress. So although I am 'older', as I think through this social media thing I am realising it is essentially the same as what faced me in my teens – the world is a big place, information comes like a flood and we have to learn the tools to search, filter, re-use, progress, present. I don't have to be in awe of it, I have to understand and master it. I am tempted to say there is more to it – the internet has brought us, for example, new ways to connect and to express ourselves. But stop! – people were always good at that anyway (poetry, song, stories could all be 'published' works or they could flourish in local pubs, clubs, villages), and today just offers us new possibilities which, like the old ones, simply have to be learned, then used. I want to explore and express.