GISTS – engage in chat or gossip. 
“I need a good friend I can always gist with.” 

It is always good to chat with others, which is how we learn from each other. So why don’t project teams chat with each other? In this day and age of working from home, it is becoming more and more critical to form a social network, which helps not only with mental health but also work-related ideas and time. 

Engineers are renowned for working in silos and disappearing for days at a time; they are full of valuable insights and knowledge, but how do we get them to talk and share their knowledge? 

Along comes Gists which lets engineers share code snippets, entire files, or even applications. You can also use gists to save and share console output when running, debugging, or testing your code. 

Gist is an easy method to share snippets or excerpts of data with others. A gist can be a string of code, a bash script or some other small piece of data. GitHub hosts these bits of information as a repository. Using gist has all the benefits of utilizing a GitHub repository and also provides a more lightweight way of utilizing GitHub’s versioning features. 

Each gist is a repository that can be cloned or forked by other people.

A gist can be either public or secret. When you are logged in to GitHub, it will show up in your dashboard when you create a gist. You can also drag and drop a file onto your gist editor, and it will be added  

Not only are gists free to create and store on GitHub, but they are also easy to create. You can add a new gist, modify, and delete files and code entirely from your browser. Lastly, there is no need to download or install a program to use gist. 

It is recommended that the engineers create general-purpose shared gists for use within the engineering teams.