No, it’s not a new Hollywood million dollars budget movie, it’s about mindmeister.com, a new online mind mapping service. I was one of the lucky fellows who got an invitation – and it seems I was also among the first 1000 mindmeister users too. So, what is it, actually?
Well, it’s a web-based, collaborative platform for better organizing, brainstorming and sharing your ides. Or, in fewer and more reliable words: it’s an online mind mapping service.
It took me only one minute to start working with it. Seemed very easy to work with and very clean. You can start by creating a new map, and then branching it like in any other mind mapping application. One of my oldest projects – since I was a teenager that really liked Hemmigway – was to write a novel. Suddenly, once in the mindmeister site, all that come again into my mind. Look at the result:
Of course, I am joking, I just want you to show how easy and quick this is.
One feature I wasn’t able to test was the sharing. They said that you can edit in real time a mind map with one of your friends, which can be really powerful. If anybody feels like giving it a try, please comment on this and let’s share same maps and see how it’s going.
On the business model side, MindMeister is targetting a paid premium membership, balanced with a free access, just to get a grasp of it. The monthly membership fee is 3.21 EUR right now and it lets you: export as RTF, export as image and create an unlimited number of maps. Another advantage of the premium subscription would be the ability to import MindManager and Freehand maps. I was able to succesfully import one of my MindManager maps (the most downloaded Meeting mind map) and this is how it looked when imported into mindmeister online format.
I think they are giving this import feature for free until they’ll have a reasonable high number of potential premium subscribers.
Making a long story short, the service looks pretty well, I just can’t wait to see it out of the “private beta” because I’ve already thought of some reeeally nice mashups out of it.
[tags]mind map, online mind map, mindmeister[/tags]