June 30, 2008 at 5:31 pm Leave a comment

Bubbl.us is a mind-mapping program that lets you brainstorm online for free. It allows you to plan and sort ideas through the use of linked text bubbles. PC magazine identified bubbl.us as one of the top ten new or under the radar sites in 2007. Smashing magazine named it Best web.site of the month in February, 2007. It was created by Krill Edleman from Russia and Levon Amelyan from Kazachstan.

With bubbl.us you can:

  • Create colorful mind maps online
  • Share and work with friends
  • Embed your mind map in your blog or website
  • Save your mind map as an image
  • Print your mind map
  • Understands Chinese and Japanese character sets

Infrastructure and technical requirements:

  • Powered by Flash
  • Works on Opera
  • Server Media Temple – A blog entry dated May 12, 2008, stated that do to server troubles they are considering using Google AppEngine for Bubbl.us2
  • Technology
    • Flash
    • Ajax
    • Prototype
    • Script.aculo.us

Educational Uses:

  • Brainstorming
  • Create flow charts
  • Create lists
  • Idea Maps
  • Create Graphic Organizers
  • Assign and track student responsibilities and task completion
  • Ideas can be displayed online or through email


§ Create bubbles by clicking inside a bubble and pressing ENTER or TAB, by clicking on handy buttons that appear where you need them.

§ Undo buttons let you go back in time

§ Minimum number of buttons and unneeded options to maximize work space

§ Change bubble color

§ Automatically arranges bubbles as you type

§ Bubbles can be “unpinned” and positioned manually

§ Use mousewheel to zoom and click and drag in an empty space to pan around.

Limitations and cautions:

  • At current time bubbl.us does not have the ability for real-time collaboration but it is a long term goal.
  • Another long term goal is the ability to submit sheets to site-wide search to allow people to share ideas with anybody. Currently you need to email or enter you mind map as a blog in order for it to be shared.
  • Purpose is for prompt, on-the-spot organization
  • Unable to create a bulleted list.
  • Unable to resize bubbles to make them uniform in size.
  • Mind map can become too large to be able to print it in a readable form.
  • Unable to import visuals.
  • Is not as user friendly as Kidspiration/Inspiration which also have more options, i.e. importing of visuals.

Management Considerations:

  • Blocked by BCPS
  • An account is required to save mind maps on site but you can begin to create and save your own mind maps just by going to site bubbl.us.
  • For general questions, there is a FAQ and access to a mind-map which explains the features. If an answer is not found there, you need to email your question. No phone number is provided. However, a prompt response was received to questions.


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