My sister is buying a car and asked my advice on how to make a good purchase. A 3 year old used car will be 30 to 50% less than new, and will still have many years of useful life. It's a big decision, and if you buy a lemon you will be stuck with it for a long time! The first thing I do is to use consumer reports to research reliability. They have great repair history reports from their members experience. A yearly membership to their web site is only $26 and gives you access to detailed reports and reviews of thousands of products. They're non-profit and don't accept any money from advertisers or manufactures, and are very unbiased. http://www.consumerreports.org/ You will want to know how much it costs to operate your car. At Dimentians we built a fuel economy calculator for CAA that is very useful: http://www.caa.ca/car_costs/ Let me know what you think of the...

5 Features We Wish Vine Had

The latest superstar on the social media stage, Vine, has been creeping into our lives for the past couple of months. Vine is a mobile app (iPhones only for now) that allows you to create 6 second looping videos. For a quick guide on how to use Vine, check out Laptop Mag's step by step instructions. Once you download the Vine app, you can sign up with your email address or your Twitter account. Vine is still in its infancy among the elders of the internet, and we're sure there's lots of updates to come. Here are the top 5 Vine features that our soul is yearning for: 1. Android app. Well, it's not exactly a feature, but you get the point. Vine is supposedly coming for the droids soon, as noted on The Verge. 2. Mute audio option. Much to everyone’s chagrin, Vine does not yet have an option to mute the audio when you are recording a video or to upload your own audio over what you...

I'm hosting a free information sharing evening for my fellow Roncesvalles small business owners at my office on Wednesday January 23rd at 7pm to 9pm at 2241 Dundas St West about Marketing your Business With Social Media and Social Good. Come enjoy some local food, meet your neighbours, and talk about how we can promote our businesses and our neighbourhood. I find that most small business owners don't know where to start with social media. They are well versed in social media for personal use, but it's a daunting task to know how to use it well for their business. I have a lot of experience in this area, with clients ranging from small one-person companies up to large organizations like the CAA. So I thought I would share my knowledge with you. Here's what I will be talking about: Why social media? Social media success stories Techniques and tips to help you use social...

Using Social Media Sharing Buttons On Your Website

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Social media sharing buttons can boost your web traffic in all the right ways. Having "Share" buttons readily available will encourage people to do so if they like your content. People put a high value on content that friends recommend, so this generates very good traffic. These buttons also usually have a counter of some kind included with them to show how many other people have shared or liked the item. This shows social proof that the content is relevant and interesting. Include these types of buttons on the list view of your site to encourage visitors to click for more details. You shouldn't just load...