Bubbl.us is an online mind-mapping application. The applications allows users to create mind maps, which consist of “bubbles” with text in them connected by lines. Users can easily create new bubbles, add text to them, change their color and size. Connections between bubbles are added automatically when a new bubble is created, or can be added manually between other bubbles. The user can collaborate on their mind maps with other users by inviting them to join Bubbl.us. Mind maps can also be easily shared by emailing them to friends. In addition, mind maps can be embedded into the user's website. The Bubbl.us mind map editor is very easy to use. The user can zoom in or out using the scroll wheel on their mouse, and can pan around the mind map by clicking on a blank spot and dragging. Bubbles can be joined by dragging and dropping. Bubble are automatically positioned when created, but can be moved by “unpinning” them and dragging them to the new location. Very sophisticated mind maps with many cross-connections between bubbles can be created. Mind maps can be saved and later edited at any time, and can also be saved in the form of an image. The site is implemented using Flash and Ajax technology.Show more screenshots »
Bubbl.us was launched in 2008 and has undergone continuous growth since launch. The site currently serves tens of thousands of unique monthly visitors. The site was created by Kirill Edelman and Levon Emelyan.
Competition to Bubbl.us comes from sites such as Mindomo.com and Mindmeister.com. Both of these sites offer a service similar to Bubbl.us. Mindomo.com offers extended features such as task and project management. Mindmeister is very similar in features to Bubbl.us. While Bubbl.us is entirely free, both Mindomo.com and Mindmeister offer limited free plans and paid plans with extended features.
The site is very responsive, and the editor responds as well as a dedicated desktop application. Page loads happen quickly, and most operations performed in the editor are instantaneous. Navigation is very intuitive, as is using the editor. The software for the site is very well-written and no glitches were observed while creating or editing mind maps. There is no advertising displayed on the Bubbl.us site.
Registration to Bubbl.us is free and is required to save and edit your mind maps. A sample mind map can be created without registering. The registration process asks for username, password, email address and name. Validation of the email address is not required.
There is no premium membership offered to the Bubbl.us site.
Bubbl.us is recommended to anyone who has to need to map out a project or idea using a mind map. The editor is very easy to use, and can be mastered in a few minutes. The site makes it very easy to share mind maps and also to allow others to collaborate on them. In addition, it is easy to save a mind map as an image or embed it into a website.