Tired of office email? Here's a Reddit-like alternative

This new platform tries to revolutionize the intranet.

Office workers in the United States spend more than one-quarter of their work day reading and responding to email. Despite having inbox overload we continue to use email for our internal company communications and the interesting things we share with our co-workers (and our great ideas about them) get buried in the pile.

If that sounds like your office, there might be a better way.

Honey, a new communications platform that "aims to revolutionize the intranet," seems to be modeled after Reddit, except only team members from your company can use it. The platform is basic: co-workers can share content -- interesting news bits or videos, for example -- organize them under various topics, and comment and upvote those items so the most popular rise to the top. Content is archived and searchable so your company's collaborative efforts can be found in one place.

“Our mission is to make it easier for people to tap into their company’s collective intelligence because your most valuable social network should be the one you work with,” said Dan Hou, CEO of Honey, in a statement. “We were inspired by the social sharing platforms people love to use outside of the office and combined their best features with what we’ve learned about user behavior, then applied those learnings to solving today’s workplace information challenges.”

The idea for this new platform came from internal challenge at the digital agency Huge -- which recently designed the new Newsweek website -- to develop a better intranet. For Huge, Honey was a success.

“After testing the product in private beta at Huge for just a couple of months, 90 percent of employees engage with Honey on a weekly basis and two-thirds interact with it daily," said Aaron Shapiro, CEO of Huge.

Honey is the second startup to from Huge Labs, the company's internal incubator.

[h/t TechCrunch]

This post was originally published on Smartplanet.com