2A Lack of Overall Structure to Start
Intranets that lack structure are ticking time bombs in practically every manner. If your intranet isn’t organized, it can easily turn into a muddled mess. Focusing on maintaining organizational structure can often mean the difference between an intranet that is well-suited for taking a company forward and one that simply will not stand the test of time.
3Excessive ‘Parent’ Pages, Too Many Subcategories
Too many parent pages and subcategories are common on corporate wikis and in software documentation, user guides and online help systems. Intranet administrators should keep parent categories to a minimum to ensure as much clarity as possible. Many people believe that this gives license to outfit parent pages with an endless array of subcategories. This is one of the biggest mistakes that can be made when attempting to keep an intranet running smoothly. Subcategories are no doubt useful, but going overboard will do nothing but cause problems for everyone in your organization.
4Hidden Navigational Tools
5Poor Tagging, Metadata and Labeling
6Old Content That Lacks Value
An intranet should always be composed of a fair amount of content, but content alone is simply not enough to get the job done. Old content that lacks value won’t do you or your social intranet’s community members any favors, as it will most likely appear to be watered down if it was written years ago. Since things are constantly in flux, keeping your intranet updated with the best in value-driven, applicable content is essential.
8No Way for Users to Prioritize Content
9Permissions That Are Too Restrictive
Controlling information is old school. Once you allow people to choose which groups are most important, give a secondary path for folks to find information that they may need less often but still could save them from having to bother someone else for it. Permissions should not be used as a tool to reduce clutter and information overload; there are better tools for that.
10Duplicating Information for Different Groups
This issue comes up often. Customers ask how they can post the same information in two different spaces, almost always indicating a new space is called for—one that represents the union of those two groups. This returns to the notion of tailoring information access and updates based on interests and job function, since it is also possible that not everyone in both those groups could be as interested in that shared content.