Update: Sorry! It appears that Mayomi no longer exists. For another simple, web-based mind mapping solution, please see our review on Bubbl.us.
Mayomi is a neat service that allows you to create mind maps without needing an application. You have the ability to create some pretty sophisticated mind maps using Mayomi’s easy Macromedia Flash interface. It is as easy as clicking on a branch and adding text to it. There are many reasons why you could use Mayomi. Maybe you are working on an essay, planning developments, your future, or anything really that can use some sorting out. The service is free, simple, and it is also a lot of fun. OK, lets get mapping!
When first going to Mayomi, you will see on the bottom left a form for logging in and registering to the service. Fill in your username and password and click register and go through the steps. You will soon get to the logged in page, which will look similar to the above. To get going, click on “Start mind mapping.” You will then see navigation appear on the left allowing you to choose either “Work on a mind map” or “Browse mind maps.” Lets first work on a map and then I will touch up on browsing later. Once you go to the section, you will see your mind mapping workspace. Very clean, simple, and inviting because of the colors.
Now, lets create the first the topic of your map. You will see in the center the word, “Topic,” with some buttons below it. You will also see on the page information boxes and on the top right, a way to maximize and minimize. To get going, click on, “Topic.” It will then change into a text area that you simply type your topic into. For my test, I used “Solution Watch”, of course! When you click away or press enter, it will save it. Now, the buttons below the text. The plus allows you to add a stem to the map with another keyword, negative sign will remove a keyword, the letter “A” to change the text size, the block allows you to change color, and the “i” will allow you to add additional information to your keyword by clicking on it.
Now, lets get something going for you that looks like the above. This is just as simple as making the topic. Click on the plus and a new stem will be created and waiting for you to enter text. Enter your keyword and click away. Change the color, font size, and more information, whatever you wish. When your set with that keyword, you can either click on a previous keyword (or topic) and click the plus, or just click the plus on the keyword you are on. To give you a quick idea, click on the topic and then click the plus. You will now see that the stem branched to the right this time. Now lets extend each branch and add more stems to them. Click on a keyword of of the main topic and click the plus button. It will then create a new stem, but this time instead of growing, it will be a connection stem. Play around a bit, I am sure you will easily get the feel for it.
As you add more and more to your map, you will notice that your workspace will fill up and will give you troubles. Well, there is a solution to this. On the top right you will see some squares. If you drag the left square up or down, you will see it will zoom in and out. Now on the right, if you drag that square, it will allow you to position the whole map. If you have a large map, this will be very helpful. Very simple.
Now, remember I mentioned that you can browse other created mind maps? Yeah, that’s what you see above. If you are still in the mind mapping workspace, you will want to click on “Main Menu” and then when the box opens, click “Back to the Cover Page.” Then click on start a map again and you can now choose to browse mind maps. When the page loads, you will see three boxes open for the main menu, which will allow you to search from, the information box, and lastly the database box. Lets just select one from the database so you can start seeing this. I clicked on, “Registration Solutions.” You will now see the map load in the space. You can look around and click the keywords for more information. Take a look around. Maybe you will find a map that is useful for you. Or maybe you just want to see what’s on other peoples minds. Very interesting seeing what people create.
That about covers Mayomi. This is an excellent solution and I was very happy to find this because now I don’t need to download some big application just to make a mind map. I can now plot my ideas for posts, projects, thoughts, my future, or whatever else I need some mapping for. Mayomi is fast, simple, free, and definitely useful. Have fun mapping!