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February 17, 2013 / carlispina

Create a Collaborative Mind Map With Popplet

PoppletI’ve written about mind mapping tools in the past, such as Bubbl.us, and another option that has emerged recently is Popplet. This tool allows users to quickly map out ideas with a simple interface that only requires users to be able to click, drag and drop. Double clicking anywhere on the screen will create a new “popple” or box. These popples can include text, drawings, images (from Facebook, Flickr or your own computer) or videos from YouTube. While users initially pick a color scheme for their mind map, they can also later change this color scheme or the colors of individual popples, which offers a lot of flexibility. Popples can be resized by dragging any corner and can connect popples by dragging the circles at the edges of each popple. All of this makes it easy to quickly create diagrams, decision trees and mind maps on the screen.

One of the great features of Popplet is that users can add collaborators to their projects if they would like to work on a project with a team. Each popple shows the name of the user who created it (though this can be turned off if desired), allowing users to see who has created various content. You can also share the Popplet via Facebook, Twitter, email or a link or you can embed it in a website with the code provided. For new users, there is a brief tutorial that explains the basic features of the tool and there are also several examples available to provide inspiration for the various ways that Popplets can be used. While anyone can sign up for a free Popplet account that includes five free Popplets, the company now offers a paid plan (either $3 a month or $30 a year) with unlimited Popplets and a discounted option for schools. Popplet also offers both a paid and a lite app for iPhones and iPads. If you are looking to create a collaborative mind map or diagram, Popplet is a good tool to consider.

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