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MindMeister is an online mind mapping application that allows its users to visualize, share and present their thoughts via the cloud.[1] MindMeister was launched in 2007 by MeisterLabs GmbH, a software company founded by Michael Hollauf and Till Vollmer.[2]

by MeisterLabs GmbH
MindMeister sample map with browser-UI
Collaborative Online Mind Mapping
Developer(s) MeisterLabs GmbH
Operating system web, iOS, Android
Available in 13 languages
Type Web productivity tools
License Freemium



MindMeister provides a way to visualize information in mind maps utilizing user modeling, while also providing tools to facilitate real-time collaboration, task management and creating presentations.[3] By using cloud storage, MindMeister can distribute changes in mind maps in real-time to all users on all devices.[4] Mind maps can be shared both privately with an unlimited number of users and publicly.[5] MindMeister is based on a freemium model with all functionality available for a certain timeframe and limited functionality thereafter. The commercial model is built upon 3 different functional levels with monthly or yearly subscription-charges.[6]. For use in the education[7] area, 3 different functional levels are available. The aim of MindMeister is to enable individuals to collaborate[8] on a mind map, where everybody can add ideas and comments, as well as vote on ideas in real-time. MindMeister allows users to share and edit mind maps, leave comments and feedback, attach files, images, videos and link to external as well as internal sources. Mind maps can be shared with colleagues internally or externally via an email invitation to collaborate or via a hyperlink. Mind maps can also be turned into interactive presentations.


Screenshot of the 2008 MindMeister mind map editor

MindMeister was first conceived after the two founders, Michael Hollauf and Till Vollmer were working using Writely, which had been recently acquired by Google Docs[9], and the mind mapping tool MindManager. At the time, MindManager had to be installed locally, which made it hard to share mind maps externally or with anyone who had not installed the software. While using Google Docs and MindManager together, the idea was born to combine the two, forming a collaborative online mind mapping tool that could be easily shared and edited, via the cloud.

In 2006, MindMeister’s first prototypes were created, in which mind maps were developed with 1x1 px DIVs. On February 7, 2007, MindMeister was released as a private beta.[10]

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  1. ^ Gina Trapani (2008-07-14). "Boost Your Brainstorming Session with MindMeister". Retrieved 2013-04-08. 
  2. ^ "MindMeister App - Online Mind Mapping Software". AppAppeal. 2010-03-15. Retrieved 2013-04-08. 
  3. ^ Rhys Daunic (2013-08-04). "MindMeister: Collaborative Concept Mapping in the Cloud". The Media Spot. 
  4. ^ "MindMeister Brings Real-Time Collaboration To Your iPhone". EFY Times. 2014-08-17. 
  5. ^ "MindMeister: Online Mind Mapping". JLog. 2012-06-24. 
  6. ^ Jason Fitzpatrick (2014-09-29). "Hive Five: Five Best Mind Mapping Applications". Lifehacker. 
  7. ^ Maria D. Avgerinou, Stefanos P. Gialamas (2016). "Revolutionizing K-12 Blended Learning through the i²Flex Classroom Model". Information Science Reference, An Imprint of IGI Global. 
  8. ^ Nikos Karacapilidis (Editor) (2014). "Mastering Data-intensive Collaboration and Decision Making, Research and Practical Applications in the Dicode Project". Springer, science+business media. 
  9. ^ Dion Hinchcliffe (9 March 2006). "It's official: Google acquires Writely". Retrieved 6 November 2017. 
  10. ^ Markus Spath (7 February 2007). "MindMeister launches private beta test". Retrieved 8 November 2017. 

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