MindMeister Makes Mind Mapping Marvelous

mindmeister mind mapSorry for the alliteration folks. I just couldn’t help myself. I’ll try to keep that at a minimum in the future.

I recently had the pleasure of checking out MindMeister, a mind mapping service that rivals the likes of Bubbl.us. Mindmeister is great for anyone wanting to quickly dump their thoughts or ideas into graphical form via the web. It’s like Mind Manager, but for the web.

Like Bubbl.us, MindMeister uses ajax to allow users to quickly add and populate mind maps. Keyboard shortcuts greatly speed up the process, and it’s fairly quick loading. You can invite others to view or collaborate with you on your maps, which is a huge plus.

The interface is slightly more robust than Bubbl.us. You can check out revisions or export your data, as well as upload any other mind map you might have lying around, as long as it’s in MindManager 6 or FreeMind format.

The service is still in early beta, but I’ve got 10 invites to let anyone try it if they’re feeling frisky. Just say so in the comments below.

Update:  Tim from Mindmeister has responded to anyone else wanting an invite.

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  • Rachel August 14, 2008, 7:36 am

    I would also love an invite to Mindmeister.
    Also, Thank you for all of the work you put into this site. I read your posts religiously.

  • Johannes November 14, 2007, 4:19 am

    Similar approach, targeted for concept mapping – allows to built other relationships than father-son-hierarchies.

    Description of CM: Concept maps provide an external network-like representation of knowledge structures and consist of spatially grouped nodes with key words representing concepts, connecting lines representing the semantic connection of concepts, and labels on the lines to specify the kind of the semantic relation.

    Disadvantage: Concept Maps need more space, as the lines between the concepts can be labeled with the .


  • Omar May 15, 2007, 8:13 am

    Dear all,

    Our team has developed a different kind of online collaborative mind mapping tool which we have had great success with.

    It might be worth checking it out at http://www.comapping.com out.


  • glen May 2, 2007, 9:52 pm

    Thanks Micheal. Everyone go check it out! :)

  • Michael Hollauf May 2, 2007, 11:57 am

    Hi Glen,

    Just to let you know we’ve just gone live with MindMeister yesterday – there are also quite a few new features, hope you like it!


  • Ramanathan March 6, 2007, 7:33 am

    Can you send me one invitation?

  • bhavesh March 5, 2007, 6:23 am

    Please send me one bhaveshvshah at g[mail]dotcom

  • glen February 28, 2007, 10:31 pm


    Look at the comment directly above you

  • constantX February 28, 2007, 6:04 pm

    I’d love to join the beta as well. Anybody has an extra invitation code I may have please?
    Email: constantx a[t] g[mail].com

    Thanks a bunch in advance.

  • glen February 18, 2007, 9:30 pm

    Patrick, Ales and anyone else wanting an invite:

    privatebeta at mindmeister.com

    They’ll set you up with one.


  • Patrick Lynch February 18, 2007, 1:54 pm

    Would love an invite if they come. I can use this with my English classes.

  • Ales Kotnik February 18, 2007, 9:30 am

    I find paper and pencil still most powerfull mindmapping tools. Anyway, web mm application with its colaboration feature has its strong points as well. I would appreciate an invitation if there are any left.

  • Brett February 18, 2007, 2:09 am

    After actually doing some playing around with bubbl.us, I’m not as impressed as I was initially :(

    The UI can get downright clunky and many of the features are definitely not bug-free yet. I look forward to trying out MindMeister whenever I get an invite or it becomes publicly available.

  • Till Vollmer February 17, 2007, 2:38 am

    Who ever wants an invitation code, please write an email to privatebeta@mindmeister.com
    As long as our servers take it and we get feedback from you we will continue inviting people ;-)

  • walrus127 February 16, 2007, 10:52 pm

    Looks cool! I count 12 so i bet you are out of invites. But wait! Maybe one of those 10…. Anyway, would love an invite if someone has one.

  • glen February 16, 2007, 9:53 pm

    Hey Guys,

    I’ve sent out all of my invites :(

    Brian was the last of my invites. I’ll email the guys at MindMeister again and see if they can give me any more.

    Thanks for the interest!

  • Travis Allison February 16, 2007, 8:42 pm

    Hey, I’d love an invite.

    Thank You!

  • Brian Friedlander February 16, 2007, 8:36 pm

    I would love an invite

  • Andrew Flusche February 16, 2007, 7:55 pm

    Thanks for bringing this new service to my attention. I would love an invite, if you have any left.


  • orion mizrachi February 16, 2007, 7:36 pm

    I would like an invite as well.
    seems usefull :)


  • Ian February 16, 2007, 7:32 pm

    Seems like a great service. I have used Bubbl.us, but this looks like it would suit my purposes better. I’d like an invite, if possible.

  • cmy February 16, 2007, 7:11 pm

    Would love an invite. thanks

  • Matt February 16, 2007, 7:09 pm

    I’ve been checking out bubble.us and would enjoying trying out Mindmeister. If you have any more invites, would you send one my way?


  • Jon Speer February 16, 2007, 7:05 pm

    I love mind mapping tools. Thanks for the recent posts on this topic. I would like an invite to try out MindMeister. BTW – Have you tried FreeMind (http://freemind.sourceforge.net/wiki/index.php/Main_Page)? It’s an open source mind mapping application. It’s not quite as sexy as MindManager but also doesn’t include that sexy price.

  • de February 16, 2007, 6:36 pm

    I would like an invite also.

  • jim February 16, 2007, 6:29 pm

    The concept of mind mapping is very high on my “to do/learn” list.
    Are there invites still available?
    Thanks in advance

  • Jeff February 16, 2007, 5:39 pm

    This looks like it might do what I’m looking for. I would like to get one of them there invites.