Call it brainstorming, concept
mapping or mindmapping,
collecting and organizing thoughts
using web 2.0 is a snap. Let’s take a
peek at several free options.
Bubbl.us has a wonderful user interface and is
easy to use. This is classic concept mapping.
Start with a central idea and branch off to other
ideas. Connections to other thought bubbles can
be easily created or deleted. For text only
mindmaps, Bubble.us works great. If you need
to add images or videos, check out some of the
other tools below
Mindomo.com includes many more features
including a clipart library and the ability to import
images from Google images or Flickr as well as
video straight from YouTube. The interface looks
similar to Office 2007 with a ribbon and tabs for
the various tools. Exploring these tabs reveals a
large number of options and formatting tools.
Mindomo works well if you need more than just
text bubbles and has all the power of an installed
Wisemapping.com offers a bare bones user
interface but includes everything you need to
create a mindmap. Start with a main idea and
branch from there. You can add icons and adjust
the shape and color of your content. Completed
maps can be shared or exported as several
formats including PDF.
Mindmeister.com is a nice blend of features and
usability. Double click anywhere to add content.
You can also include icons and images, either your
own or from the clipart library. In addition,
mindmaps can include notes, links and even
Mind42.com is simple and gets the job done. Like
many of the others, start with a main topic and
quickly add new nodes. Content can be moved
and regrouped by dragging and dropping. Images
and links can be included as well.