October 22, 2011

Popplet – A Platform For Organized Thoughts

We all have ideas. Popplet is a platform that people can use to collect, curate, and share those ideas with friends, followers, and even strangers online. The web-based tool can be used to organize ideas for work, school, or just for fun. It can also be used as a way to create mood boards when creating interior design plans.

The specific way that you use Popplet will depend on what types of ideas and thoughts you’re planning to jot down and organize. Educators, students, and businesspeople in a variety of industries are already using Popplet to plan complex projects. You can use it for the very same purpose by signing up for an account and clicking “make new popplet.” Give your popplet—which is essentially a mix between a digital flowchart and a brainstorming page—a name and choose a primary color. The individual thoughts and images you place on your popplet are called popples. Type in a note and choose a color for your popple. You can also draw a little doodle or upload an image or video. Next, it’s time to resize your popple based on its importance relative to the rest of your popplet. You can share your popplet board with friends or colleagues, who can then comment on individual popples with their own feedback and opinions. When everyone has gotten the chance to contribute, you can export your popplet as a .jpeg or .pdf file.

In addition to its basic flowcharting features, Popplet also has a number of features that make the application even more useful for group collaboration. One of these useful features is the Timewarp tool, which can be used to show what a popplet looked like at any time since its creation. Arguably the most useful feature on Popplet it the Presentation Mode tool, which can be used to record an entire presentation that can then be played back in front of an audience at a later time.

Practical Uses:

  • Create a group presentation for Spanish class
  • Brainstorm ideas for an upcoming ad campaign with coworkers
  • Make a mood board when planning an interior design project
  • Come up with pitch ideas with colleagues who work remotely

Insider Tips:

  • Popplets can be exported as .pdf or .jpeg files
  • Popplet creators can share their boards with collaborators
  • Images can be uploaded from Flickr, Facebook, or a user’s desktop
  • Users can record a presentation to play back at a later time

What we liked:

  • Popplet is a great tool for colleagues who are asked to collaborate on projects
  • People can add photos, sketches, or images to their Popplet boards
  • Popplet works on the iPad
  • Inspiration boards made with Popplet can easily be shared with clients online

What we didn’t like:

  • People with free online accounts can only make five popplets


Company Info:

  • Privately Held
  • Headquarters: New York, New York
  • Founded by: Jared Schiffman, Albert Lee, and Phillip Tiongson
  • Web site:


  • Free version
  • $4.99 for the iPad app

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