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The outline of a spider map


Spidergrams, spidergraphs, spider diagrams and spider maps are all terms used to describe a mindmap-like hierarchical diagram.

They have a central topic, their organization is purely hierarchical, text on the nodes is horizontal and entries are typically long phrases.

They differ from Buzan mind maps in not generally using color, not limiting nodes to one or two words, and having no emphasis on using images.

Other uses of these terms[edit]

“Spider diagram” has another (disputed) meaning in mathematics – see the Wikipedia entry. The term “spidergram” also has an alternative meaning in geology.

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