Actually, I’d really like folks to contribute this time, I’m getting an OKish hit rate of about 20 a day (I’ve not publicised this blog much and I won’t until I build up a few more archives) but getting few comments. C’mon folks feel free to chip in.
The ‘make it less boring’ problem, is the most important thing facing any intranet manager. At conferences it regularly features as the most common moan. I’ve suggested before that its such a problem that you should go to great lengths to avoid letting people make the comment. And the reason it’s a problem is that almost always, the knee jerk fix is to make the site worse.
Things you could do to make a site less boring:
reduce the text so that the good stuff is easy to access
refresh the content regularly, with a newsdesk or even a blog type feature
split up the text and use ‘pull quotes’ to aid scanning
measure the efficiency of typical users finding the information they want and prove the site isn’t boring at all, merely efficient.
Have little interactive elements such as ‘coffee time quizes’ (but its a fun quiz not an exam!)
Things you shouldn’t do to make a site less boring:
Add a flash animation – or any type of animation
break long pages into smaller ones with a next link- we’ve all worked out how to horizontally scroll thanks
Replace text with images of text
I could do with more user stories here from intranet managers – how did you solve the ‘make it less boring’ puzzle?
The musical piece I’m adding to this is the only you tube track I can find from the mighty Rothko. Its not at all boring.
Rothko were originally a group of three bass players, using this restricted line up the provided several amazing albums of lush and staggeringly beautiful music. Indeed I wish I hadn’t used the phrase ‘restricted line up’ because it wasn’t. But they did get lots of critical comments about why not add vocals and a drummer and a kazoo player… Mainly from people who didn’t notice that it didn’t need those things and adding them would have made the music less special.
Here’s a link to their first album on emuisc