Mind Maps and Infographics Convey Information Visually: Social Media Lesson #5

Mind map of the mind map guidlines.

Mind map of the mind map guidlines. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Mind maps can be used to convey information visually.  A mind map is a diagram used to represent words, ideas, tasks, or other items linked to and arranged around a central key word or idea.They can generate, visualize, structure, and classify ideas, and as an aid to studying and organizing information, solving problems, making decisions, and writing.

In my “Wonderful World of Strategic Management” Post, I inserted links to some of my mindmaps.

Check out my “MindMap” Pinterest board for examples of Mindmaps. Use a Mindmap to understand how informations flow. It can be used for brainstorming and summarizing information.

Mind-map showing a wide range of nonhierarchic...

Mind-map showing a wide range of nonhierarchical relationships (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The elements of a given mind map are arranged intuitively according to the importance of the concepts. They are classified into groupings, branches, or areas; that are similar to an organization chart. The ultimate goal is to represent connections between ideas or information. Mind maps may enhance your ability to remember important concepts like the mind map that I distributed related to the elements of the “External Environment.” My mind maps have been uploaded into the www.xmind.net site and will help build my digital reputation. Be sure to upload your mind maps after your create an account on this website.

Here’s are 2 interesting video tutorials from XMIND site that you should watch:



1. Go to www.xmind.net to see the mind map that I created to analyze the relationship between different types of “Social Media Assets” :

  • Social Networking includes Internet sites Facebook, MySpace, Pinterest and LinkedIn.
  • Social Content sites include YouTube, Wikipedia and FlickR.
  • Social Recommendation sites include StumbleUpon and Digg. This allows users to recommend Internet content to others and vote on the content.
  • Social Bookmarking sites like Delicious, Digg, Reddit, Technorati, and Google Bookmarks provide users with opportunities to share their bookmarks.

2. Go to the website www.xmind.net and install the Mind Mapping software on your computer. This will allow you to create a mind map.

I have copied some of the code from my WordPress Mind Map here:

<iframe id=’xmindshare_embedviewer’ src=’http://www.xmind.net/share/

3. The site will generate code for your Mind Map. Insert this code into your site to share your mind map with your audience. If you save your Mind Map in Picassa you can modify the boundaries of the image and insert it into your blog post.

4. Create a mind map of your industry’s External Environment using the IBIS database assignment. You can insert the maps into your blog posts. Creating a Mind Map of the industry “External Environment” and describe the important variables.This activity should generate some traffic for you.

This worksheet will help you visually organize information about the external environment:


5. Here are a list of other templates that you will use during the semester for blog posts. Then you can incorporate your finished posts into your book.

*Here’s an interesting link for generating your TOWS Matrix for your project.



Generate a Porter’s Model Worksheet:


Generate a Boston Consulting Group Matrix


6. If you want to sell an Android app an the Google Store, you can create one at www.andromo.com. The number of Adroid Mind Mapping Apps is growing exponentially.

7. Some of the other Mind Mapping tools that you can use include:

MindGenius, iMindMap and Mindjet.



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