Tools You'll Use: Durant Gipson, Data Analyst, AddThis

May 15, 2015

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The right tools are an integral part of getting any job done. In the world of digital content tools are plentiful, so finding the right one for you can be tricky. That's why we ask the experts what tools they use to get their jobs done.

What are your three favorite work related apps, and why?


Slack is a team communications platform offering real time messaging, archiving, and search. "At AddThis, Slack is used extensively for communication. In different channels I can read what different teams are working on, read news about our industry when people share links, chat with other coworkers when I have questions. It's a convenient place to go for most communication needs."


Trello is a visual project management platform that provides flexible, adaptive organizational tools. "My team, and several others at AddThis, uses Trello to track tasks and their statuses. I can go here to see requests, deadlines, what's in progress and what's been completed."

Microsoft Excel

Excel is the ubiquitous granddaddy of spreadsheet and analysis solutions. "I know it might seem mundane, but I use Excel a lot. I'm comfortable using it to take a quick gander at data or performing extensive analysis. I use to create visuals, discover insights, and share data with others."

What is your favorite non-work-related app, and why?


Feedly enables users to organize, read, and share content from multiple sites. "I like to read the news and keep up with what's going on in the world. I use feedly to aggregate the many blogs I like to keep up with. It is easy to quickly decide if a post is one I want to read in full while the mobile interface facilitates my reading on the phone."