The Pitfalls of Sharing Content Publicly

Sharing content shares the love! But there are some pitfalls. This is how Popplet manages inappropriate content in our public boards…

Part of the amazing growth of Popplet that we didn’t quite predict is how well our visual thinking app can be used by learners of any age. Popplet has been designed with a minimal aesthetic in order to help you to keep the focus on your ideas and information. While other mind map and content collation apps offer you more bells and whistles, our minimal interface gives you a toolset that can get you started straight away. We let you focus on connecting ideas and organizing concepts rather than wasting several hours picking a font or choosing which type of end arrowhead to use (yes, we know what that’s like too!).

This design approach has meant that Popplet is accessible to anyone in any language, which has lead to a globalization of Popplet. The second impact our design style has had is the one we didn’t expect in such large numbers: that Popplet would be loved and used by learners, hobbyists and professionals of all ages. Alongside our many creative professionals and businesses using Popplet, we have also grown a large primary (elementary) school contingent of Popplet users. We are proud that Popplet has become a central resource, for example, amongst kinderchat classrooms around the globe.

With the launch of our new Public Popplets, it is exciting to see more examples of how Popplet is being used by all ages, but with this comes the responsibility to make sure that the content that is shared is age-appropriate to potential readers.

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A Day In The Life of Popplet

We’re always proud to see new user-generated content about Popplet. Around the world, it is exciting to see how students, creatives, businesses and community leaders are all using Popplet to share ideas and connect with others.

Let’s look at just one day’s worth of user-generated activity: 23 April, 2013. Just an ordinary day? Not amongst the Popplet community! Let’s take a look at all that happened last Tuesday in the world of Popplet… Continue reading

Popping Around the World! The Globalization of Popplet

We at Popplet central have been excited to see the growth of Popplet around the world, as more creatives, educators, business users and students discover our online and iPad/iPhone/iPod app.

In the past month, Popplet has been used in 164 countries around the globe! Here’s a look at where people are using Popplet right now:

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You can get an even greater sense of the diverse ways Popplet is used around the world by having a look at our Public Popplets.

As Poppleteer Matt M points out, the world is becoming smaller, more interconnected, and more affected by international actions and influences. This globalization can be a creative and liberating force, as well as a destructive one.

Matt describes different types of globalization. Let’s look at how these types of globalization are reflected in the ways people use Popplet around the world. Continue reading

Get Inspired: Popplet Examples To Get Your Brain Jucies Flowing!

Get inspired to create visual thinking maps and concept outlines that help you remember new information, make connections between ideas, and share your thoughts and unique perspective.

This year, we have some great new features planned, including tagging popplets to help you better store your popplet creations with key words and subject categories. We are also looking forward to offering you a new way to share your popplets with the world, with new popularity rankings of public popplets.

While we put the finishing touches on these features, you can get inspired to create new mind maps and concept outlines with our online, iPad, iPhone and iPod apps by viewing some Popplet examples on our new Pinterest account.

We admit, we have been a bit slow to jump on the Pinterest bus. It is a great tool for sharing images, but we love how a publicly shared Popplet is interactive and lets you move around it, zoom in and out, play videos and jump to links. We were worried that none of that interactivity is available through Pinterest.

But on the other hand, we know many of our users are on Pinterest, and sometimes, you want to get inspired by seeing other Popplet examples and learn from how they have been laid out, color coded, and organized. You might not be so fussed about the actual content, so you don’t need to move about so much or click on and watch a youtube video: what you want to get inspired by is the overall organization and mind map design. Well, if that’s the case, our set of Pinterest boards are ideal mind fodder for you! Continue reading