Mind mapping, a brainstorming technique where visual diagrams are used to show thoughts or ideas and how they are connected, is a process commonly used in project planning and presentations. In today's digitally-focused world, it is easier to create and share mind maps than ever before. Here is a selection of cloud-based applications that let you and your team create and modify a mind map together. I am not an affiliate for any of these programs, just sharing some excellent productivity tools!
Bubbl.us is a free tool that allows you to create online diagrams to brainstorm and map ideas. Starting with a central topic, you can easily add new issues at the same level or one level lower. Bubbl will format these bubbles into a tree automatically, although you can easily customize the look.
SpiderScribe is a brainstorming/mind mapping tool that allows you to share your mind map with others. You can use it to connect files, notes, and even calendar events. Your maps are stored in the cloud, giving you access at any time. SpiderScribe is free, with upgraded "pro" and "business" options available for a small fee.
Popplet is a mind mapping tool that enables multiple users to work on the same project at the same time, allowing users to add media such as images or videos to their maps. They can also have tags or categories applied to them, making them easier to sort through later.
Coggle is a free mind mapping application that you access via your Google account. Coggle will randomize the color of each branch, which you can customize. When your mind map is completed, you can share it and allow others to make changes, while giving you the option to look at your map before changes were made.
GroupMap is a team-based mind mapping tool. You create a map, which your team can comment on, collaborate on, and even vote on. All users get to add their views, and GroupMap collects these ideas and displays them all in a group view. GroupMap is easy to use and comes with a free account option.
These are a few of the mind mapping or brainstorming tools available online, and I would be curious to know if you have come across one you like that is not mentioned here.