5 of the Best Free Mind Mapping Tools Online

Posted on July 10, 2013

One of the things I like to do when brainstorming content ideas is to create a mind map.

Simply put, mind mapping is organising a series of ideas or concepts into some form of visual representation.

Whether you’re creating a posting plan, building on existing ideas or hashing out a complicated social media strategy, sometimes setting up a good mind map is essential to keeping you focused and on topic.

And thanks to a host of accessible and user-friendly (did I mention free?) tools out there in cyberspace, turning those fleeting thoughts into a coherent visual proposal just got a whole lot easier.

I’ve picked out five of my favorite free mind mapping applications for you to experiment with:

1) MindMeister

Sleek and easy to use, MindMeister offers a range of different accounts to fit your mind mapping needs. Take the free Basic account for a spin to see what works best for you.

2) FreeMind

One of the more well-known mind mapping applications available, FreeMind allows you to easily copy and paste both HTML links and plain text into it’s interface. It also lets you hyperlink between branches making connecting relevant ideas simple and easy.

3) WiseMapping

A fun mind mapping tool that works for both individuals and businesses and includes all the basic functions. You can even take a tour of the whole application without having to sign up or log in.

4) Mindomo

With its professional interface and sharing capabilities, including embedding your maps into websites and distributing them to others online, Mindomo works as a great vehicle to start your mind mapping journey.

5) Mind42

A fantastic platform for creating multimedia enhanced mapping. Mind42 allows you to attach pictures and text notes to branches, adding a whole new level to ideas.

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