Mindmapping: Map your thoughts

By: Deepak Singh

I (Deepak) have always wanted to start talking about some of my favorite tools. In this screencast, I demonstrate MindMeister, an online mindmapping tool.

What is a mindmap? The wikipedia page sums it up very well.

A mind map is a diagram used to represent words, ideas, tasks or other items linked to and arranged radially around a central key word or idea. It is used to generate, visualize, structure and classify ideas, and as an aid in study, organization, problem solving, decision making, and writing.

MindMeister in Action
(Download h.264)

The screencast example is a simple organization example. My biggest use of mindmapping is usually anytime I have a ton of information that I want to think through. By laying down a stream of thoughts, information, etc as a mindmap and then connecting various branches, I am often able to come to good decisions or identify something that was buried in the ton of information. It’s also great to come back to a map later to see it with fresh eyes or add additional information. Since I can’t read my own handwriting (it is really bad), tools like Mindmeister, or Freemind (which is what I use at work) are a boon

… and here is the map used in the screencast (one of the advantages of online mapping tools)

Web Presence

Now I only wish that the semantic structures and metadata in online maps were queryable, at least via the API (I don’t think Mindmeister is, but I could be wrong).

Visit BBGM to run the video and access the interactive mindmap.

Source: BBGM