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]
Running For My Life - from zero to ultramarathoner
The spooky thing about depression is that it sneaks in. There aren’t really trumpets and loud voices announcing: “Hail, hail, this is depression entering the room, all rise!” Nope. It’s slow, silent, creepy. It doesn’t even look like depression. It starts with small isolation thoughts like: “Maybe I shouldn’t get out today, I just don’t feel like going out”. And then it does the same next day. And then the day after that and so on. And then it starts to whisper louder and louder in your ears: “Why would you go outside, you loser? Didn’t have enough yet? Want more people to make fun of how much of a big, fat loser you are?”
And then you start to breath in guilt and shame, instead of air. Every breathe you take is putting more dark thoughts into your body.
Until you get stuck. You can’t move anymore. At all.
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