I wrote about Mindjet’s inclusion of me as a Trusted Voice in my last post and my abstention, but as I thought about it, I noticed some odd omissions from their list – one of them very odd.
I edit MindMapSearch – a search engine that focuses on people and sites that provide good information about visual thinking (and keeps the “made for advertising” sites out of the search results). I have done that for years. So I think I have a pretty good finger on the pulse of those who have a “voice and leadership in the mapping community”. Mindjet have included people on the list all of whom I believe to be good and trustworthy, but imagine my surprise at not finding these names there:
Tony Buzan (@tonybuzan), Gideon King (@gideonking), Roy Grubb (@roygrubb), Wallace Tait (@visualmapper), Paul Foreman (@mindmapdrawer), Eric Blue (@ericblue), ActivityOwner (@activityowner), Michael Tipper (@michaeltipper), Andrew Mason (@masontech). All are active and promote mind mapping generally or some specific angle on mapping.
The first three are associated with other mind mapping software so perhaps we can treat “doesn’t in any way reflect the individuals’ allegiance to Mindjet over another mapping solution” with some skepticism.
But just a minute, “highlight those in the mapping community that are dedicated and recognized for championingthe concept and values of mind mapping” and “leadership in the mapping community” does not include Tony Buzan?
I don’t know who might and might not feel it appropriate to have a MindJet badge on their blog or website, and its up to them, but it’s hard to understand how the list was drawn up.