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MindMeister Makes Mind Mapping Marvelous

by glen

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 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, 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 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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Jeff February 16, 2007 at 5:39 pm

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


jim February 16, 2007 at 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


de February 16, 2007 at 6:36 pm

I would like an invite also.


Jon Speer February 16, 2007 at 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 ( It’s an open source mind mapping application. It’s not quite as sexy as MindManager but also doesn’t include that sexy price.


Matt February 16, 2007 at 7:09 pm

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



cmy February 16, 2007 at 7:11 pm

Would love an invite. thanks


Ian February 16, 2007 at 7:32 pm

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


orion mizrachi February 16, 2007 at 7:36 pm

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



Andrew Flusche February 16, 2007 at 7:55 pm

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



Brian Friedlander February 16, 2007 at 8:36 pm

I would love an invite


Travis Allison February 16, 2007 at 8:42 pm

Hey, I’d love an invite.

Thank You!


glen February 16, 2007 at 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!


walrus127 February 16, 2007 at 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.


Till Vollmer February 17, 2007 at 2:38 am

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


Brett February 18, 2007 at 2:09 am

After actually doing some playing around with, 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.


Ales Kotnik February 18, 2007 at 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.


Patrick Lynch February 18, 2007 at 1:54 pm

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


glen February 18, 2007 at 9:30 pm

Patrick, Ales and anyone else wanting an invite:

privatebeta at

They’ll set you up with one.



constantX February 28, 2007 at 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 28, 2007 at 10:31 pm


Look at the comment directly above you


bhavesh March 5, 2007 at 6:23 am

Please send me one bhaveshvshah at g[mail]dotcom


Ramanathan March 6, 2007 at 7:33 am

Can you send me one invitation?


Michael Hollauf May 2, 2007 at 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!



glen May 2, 2007 at 9:52 pm

Thanks Micheal. Everyone go check it out! :)


Omar May 15, 2007 at 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 out.



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Johannes November 14, 2007 at 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 .


Rachel August 14, 2008 at 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.


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