The Tom Standage talks on the history of social media discusses how social media experiments have been around since the Roman Empire. He discusses this concept further in his book 'Writing on the Wall.' He also wrote the books 'The Edible History of Humanity,' 'A History of the World in Six Glasses,' 'The Victorian Internet,' 'The Turk' and 'The Neptune File.'
The London-based author and journalist specializes in historical analogy in science, technology and business writing. This is demonstrated in the Tom Standage talk. He worked at the Economist in a variety of capacities, and currently holds the role of Digital Editor. He is also the Editor-in-Chief of its website. He received his undergraduate degree from Oxford University in engineering and computer science.