What is Mind Mapping?
Mind Mapping means graphically representing words, ideas, concepts, tasks in the form of a diagram – it is thus outlining some structural knowledge around some core word or concept.
Mind maps are used to:
- Structure, and classify ideas and words (e.g. in keyword research)
- To visualize and ellaborate further on ideas (e.g. in writing and content brainstorming and research).
A Brief Look at Free Mind-Mapping Tools:
There are plenty of free web apps that let you create mind maps, this short overview looks only at those that:
- Offer something different
- Are free and fun.
|Flow Chart||Multi-user, multi-page support; drawing tools; Record/Playback your flowchart.||Live collaboration||Embed and/or export as an image||Playground|
|Think||Organize each idea as a thought. Each thought is then further divided into nodes.||No||Export / share as an image||Think -> tutorial|
|Gliffy (free account comes with unlimited number of public diagrams)||Powerful techy-oriented diagram creation tool||Yes||Embed and/or export as an image||Video|
|BBC’s Pinball||Fun, arcade-game-like brainstorming utility||No||Export / share as an image|
|Glinkr||Attach links||No||Embed as iFrame, Import / Export as XML||Examples|
Can You Learn to Mind Map?
Yes, for sure. All you need is just start playing and you’ll find your own way to do that.
A great way to start and get inspired to is to get the copy of Mark Dykeman’s eBook called “Unstuck, Focused, Orgamized Using Mind Mapping“.
The book gives a reat rount-down of:
- Various ways to use mind maps to clear your mind and get unstuck;
- Examples of how actually people can get started with mind maps;
- Mind-mapping at home (using pen and pencil);
- Mind-mapping software;
- etc, etc.
Do you mind-map? Share your tips!