How to Make a Popplet, a Collaborative Mind Mapping Tool

Popplet is an online tool for visually organizing your ideas and projects. This process is also referred to as ‘mind mapping.’ Popplet is available as a browser-based web tool or as an app for mobile devices and tablets. We will be focusing on the web tool as it presents the most functional free version of the experience. The iOS app version limits you to just one project in the free, or ‘Lite’ version. The full version costs $4.99.

If you head over to you can start to see how the tool works. Basically you create connections and clusters between ideas or tasks on a virtual whiteboard. So you might use Popplet to present your research on a particular subject, adding details around and connected to your core subject. Or you could use it to map out the various phases of a project, clustering the detailed steps around each phase.

The great thing about Popplet is that it’s easy and intuitive to use and actually has a lot of great functionality within its feature set. This includes tools for collaborating with others on your Popplet, as well as powerful tools for sharing your Popplet and using it for dynamic, visual presentations.

To get started, you just need to sign up for a free account and follow along with the video below.