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Working in online-based groups can sometimes be a bit of a hassle. That goes double when everyone is supposed to be working on the same project. However, when you get right down to it, most issues can be narrowed down to the same thing every single time – communication.

It’s not any one person’s fault, for even with group messaging sites like Hall.com, virtual collaboration is quite hard within itself! Thankfully, there are web apps like GroupMap which allow for a much cleaner collaborative experience. GroupMap utilizes the method of “mind maps” to help individuals share and collect their ideas about a topic, plan, or project.

collaborative mind map

The app allows you to create a password-protected GroupMap project for any number of participants. For the actual creation process, each user is given two different mind maps: a “MyMap” and a  “GroupMap”.

Individuals can use the MyMap to scratch out their own ideas. These ideas can then be added to the jointly-used, collaborative GroupMap. All users can anonymously vote on whether each added item is good or bad, and the percentage of support for each item is shown in a list viewable by the Moderator. This allows for equal contributions, and everyone has a say without peer pressure.

groupmap

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Various pricing plans are available for GroupMap, but a free version exists for teams up to five people. This is perfect for school projects or very small businesses. If you want an easy way to work together, you should definitely give GroupMap a go.

Features:

  • Offers collaborative mind-mapping.
  • Users can vote on whether or not they support an item.
  • Allows for a great visual representation of thoughts.
  • Supports both individual and collaborative contributions.

Create an account with GroupMap now.

  1. jeremy
    September 29, 2013 at 4:18 pm

    Hi Joshua,

    We've got news - hopefully you are keen on the update. We have relaunched GroupMap and have been nominated by the Department of Industries to exhibit at the upcoming Gartner IT Expo. We hope you love the new professional account features that will help make team work even easier and more awesome.

  2. GroupMap.com
    April 8, 2013 at 5:25 am

    Thanks for featuring GroupMap!

    We actually have been used in larger organisations and conferences so it's not necessarily only for small groups.

    If anyone would like to find out more, they can visit http://www.groupmap.com or head straight to the app linked in the article.

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