I’ve been reading about the human brain. This got me thinking about software I used to use a lot for my research. Called the Personal Brain it provides a way of structuring information by forming associations between different thoughts and sources – very similar to the way our memory works. This is a very useful application for anyone involved in research or writing – a useful resource for an active blogger.
Mind mapping and brainstorming are great habits but I’ve never found mind mapping programmes easy to use. But mind mapping with Personal Brain is very simple. It is an effective way of mind mapping, bookmarking and storing information sources.
Most information management systems are hierarchical – Windows explorer is an example. In contrast, Personal Brain organises information associatively using non-hierarchical linking. Associations can be formed between web pages, applications, data files and thoughts. Internet bookmarks are expanded to include documents, worksheets, databases, images, videos, applications, email messages and other files together with ideas or thoughts and all of these are non-hierarchically linked. Movement around this network is quick and easy (see an animated demo). This enables effortless browsing of ideas and information in much the same way our brain does it. For a real example of a personal brain have a look at this video.
Personal Brain reviews
Sherman Hu provides a web conference review of Personal Brain and three other mind mapping applications. at the Personal Brain 101 blog offers advice on setting up your own Personal Brain. See below for a short video review.
If you are an active blogger looking for a better way to manage your information, thoughts, ideas and articles have a look at Personal brain. Let me know what you think.
video Personal Brain 4 Review 4 min 44 sec
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