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Social media tools: databases, drawing, mindmapping, general resources


Collection Database Software for CDs, DVDs, books, games, etc... Commercial products, at £24.95 each. Not tried them, but they look good.

GoodReads is a very popular system to catalogue and review your books Catalogue your books, videos DVDs, music, games, whatever!

LibraryThing. Free for the first 200 books $10 after that for a year, $25 for life

Drawings - brainstorming made simple. Very nice and easy. Create bubbles, link them together in various ways and use it to brainstorm.

Creately Create and Collaborate on Online Diagrams. This is an easy to use online diagramming app that's built for collaboration. Create fast, professional looking diagrams with Creately's large library of objects and easy start templates. Now you can draw anything easily. A fully interactive interface that works right in your browser along with industry standard encryption and redundant backups. No downloads or installs necessary.

DIY Chart Builder is a Web-based, simple and powerful online tool to create interactive charts and graphs from static or dynamic data

doodleboard. This is a collaborative doodling thingie. Personally I think I'll stick to pen and paper...

Gliffy. "With Gliffy online diagram software, you can easily create professional-quality flowcharts, diagrams, floor plans, technical drawings, and more. Our online diagram editor makes it easier than ever to create great looking drawings."

Graphity Diagram Editor Need to create diagrams? This should help you do the job nicely.It will let you create:

Flowcharts, Social networks, Computer networks, UML diagrams, Business process modeling diagrams. It does require Flash in order to work however.

Scribblar This is a  Free Online Whiteboard and Collaboration Tool and it works really easily it is a multi-user whiteboard live audio image collaboration and text chat application. It's great for online training tutoring revising artwork and brainstorming. Features include a real-time multiuser whiteboard image upload and download, text chat, live audio, with no user or session limits.

General resources

AnswerGarden This is a very nice tool. You ask a question by creating your AnswerGarden, with the intention of having really short responses, which are then automatically turned into a word cloud. Great for brainstorming, getting quick ideas, new names and so on. Super for schools and training sessions. I've done one quick example - do give it a go. It's a little like Wallwisher, but with a twist. My main gripe is that you're limited to 20 characters, which isn't great. Perhaps that'll change; I hope so!

BagTheWeb. It's a curating, guiding, compliation tool. Seems neat enough, with a lil bookmarklet to make it easy to add content.

CiteULike: A free online service to organise your academic papers. CiteULike is a free service to help academics to share, store, and organise the academic papers they are reading.

FlexLists Create lists with Tasks, Addresses, Literature, Wishes and more! You can share the list with others, invite them to edit the list or just keep it for yourself. Lists made easy social fun!. Quick and easy way to create lists in conjunction with friends and colleagues on Facebook and Twitter. These are lists of things - products, places, services, sites etc, rather than people you follow.

Nuzzel is a great way to find out watch news is of interest based on what your friends like on Twitter

VentureBox Assist puts your client information in a single, secure online location.   Share documents, track history and assign tasks.   Assist makes life easier for client-oriented businesses. Watch the video | Sign up for free - FREE Anytime Collaboration and Live Conferencing™. Looks like it does what it says it does. Both free (very limited) and commercial versions available.


Exploratree Ready made guides, templates etc

FreeMind - free mind mapping software. It's a free download - it looks very impressive.

Gliffy lets you create flow charts, diagrams and more

Mapul is a single web based project allows you to create completely organic looking mind maps.

Mindmup is a free, opensource, online mindmapping canvas.

Mindomo nice online mapping software with no complex software to install or maintain.

Mind42 is a brainstorming package.

Popplet allows you to create postit type resources rather like Wallwisher. Nice and simple, fast and effective from the look of it. It's a shame that you have to log in to use it though.

SpiderScribe Online Mind Mapping and Brainstorming app. SpiderScribe is an online mind mapping and brainstorming tool. It lets you organize your ideas by connecting notes, files, calendar events, etc. in free-form maps. You can collaborate and share those maps online!

Text 2 Mind Map - The text-to-mind-map converter. Very nice simple mindmap software that doesn't require registration or log in. Fairly basic as a result, but perfectly workable.

Webspiration Online Visual Thinking Tool Webspiration®, the online visual thinking, learning and collaboration tool for students, teachers, and thinkers everywhere. Brainstorm ideas, visualize concepts, organize information and collaborate with others anytime, anywhere. With Webspiration, assignments and work are always available, automatically saved, and stored online. Collaboration and peer review are easy. Everyone you invite creates, edits and comments on the same document. Whether working individually or with a group, Webspiration is the perfect tool for visual thinking, writing, studying and learning.

Wisdomap helps you to organise your thoughts in a powerful mind map format, and allows you to attach notes, videos, pictures, links and files to your map.

Wisemapping create and share mind maps free, nothing to download

Survey software

Flist Nothing to download, install or even join. Just ask your question, have as many answers as you like (with multiple responses if you prefer) and Flisti does the rest. You can also embed it into a webpage or blog

FreeOnlineSurveys Create your own Free Survey in Under 10 Minutes! No software to install Very easy to use Create e-mail or website surveys 100% secure and confidential

Live results - collected automatically (you don't have to do anything!)

Polldaddy The most powerful and easy-to-use survey software around. Create stunning surveys, polls, and quizzes in minutes. Collect responses via your website, e-mail, iPad, Facebook, and Twitter. Generate and share easy-to-read reports.

Questionpro Free Basic Students - Enthusiasts 1 survey 10 questions 100 responses

SurveyMonkey Create and publish online surveys in minutes, and view results graphically and in real time. SurveyMonkey provides free online questionnaire and surveys.

Survs - Online Survey Tool, Collaborative Web Survey Software. 200 responses per survey. 1 user per account. Unlimited surveys. Standard security. Normal support

Yarp is for yes and no type questions.