What is The WELL?

Welcome to a gathering that's like no other.

The WELL, launched back in 1985 as the Whole Earth 'Lectronic Link, continues to provide a cherished watering hole for articulate and playful thinkers from all walks of life.

Why is this conversation so treasured?

Why did members of this community pull together to buy the service?

[Check out the story of The WELL...]

Where in The WELL are you?

James Barcelona, technologist
In the Singles conference you get candid dating advice that works. Questions like "How do you approach a stranger?" or "How do I kiss someone on a first date?" really intrigue me, and I've found the advice there to be really helpful. The San Francisco conference is great for getting to know local San Franciscans, and learning about apartments and tickets to great shows. I'm the host of the Philosophy conference. If I wasn't, it still would be my favorite conference. [See more people, more suggestions...]


Featured Conversations

Do you only read it for the cartoons?
The New Yorker and the single panel gag (Everybody welcome)

Fox News: funny in France?
Dish here (Members only)

Tell it to Oscar
Top movie achievements of 2014? (Members only)

Much more to talk about...


Getting into The WELL

Membership is not for everyone, partly because we are non-anonymous here. Here's how to decide whether The WELL is for you, and whether you're for The WELL. [Before you join...]

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