How to Re-implement Your Intranet

By Deane Barker on January 15, 2010

Intranet 2.0 in 10 Not-So-Easy Steps: I really enjoyed this article about how to re-implement and intranet at your company.  I see a lot of articles like this, but this one was really, really well-done.  The first step (of 10) is a good one.

Step 1: Blow up the old intranet. Why? It’s irrelevant to employees’ day-to-day job. The cumbersome updating process alienates people. It’s out of date, and usage is dismal.

How? Find the intranet server, get to a command prompt, and type >rm –rf *. (That’s a server admin joke.) Alternatively, unplug it. Seriously, it’s not worth trying to fix; you’ve got to start over.

Further down, they have another good tip:

Step 8: Make them use it. Once.

[…] How? In brief group training sessions, get every employee in your organization to click the Edit button. Get them to edit their profile, add a page, add a comment.

The entire article is really well thought-out.  Very much worth reading.

It’s also worth mentioning that the author is ThoughtFarmer, who make a really, really good-looking intranet product.



  1. I’ve heard of some great intranet re-launch strategies, including a ‘treasure hunt’ style quiz aimed at getting users used to the functionality of the new intranet. Make it fun to keep people stimulated!

    Please note that these views are my own and does not represent the opinions of Interact (

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