We write all the time about protecting yourself and your business by proactively registering domains related to you personally or to your brand.
In past blogs, we’ve looked at purchasing your child’s domain name before anything else and highlighted the consequences of refusing to do so.
Surprise, surprise, it’s happened again!
Former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina announced her candidacy for president on Monday, becoming the first declared female candidate to seek the Republican Party’s nomination.
So surely, she protected herself by registering her name with the most popular TLDs. Right?
Well, a quick search shows she was successful in registering the “.com” version of her name, forwarding to “CarlyForPresident.com.” The “.net” extension is not active. As for the “org.” version of her name…
Carly Fiorina failed to register this domain.
So I’m using it to tell you how many people she laid off at Hewlett-Packard.
It was this many:
*30,000 🙁 faces*
That’s 30,000 people she laid off. People with families. And what does she say she would have done differently?
“I would have done them all faster.”
Politicians do the dumbest things. While it’s a good idea for ANYONE to register domains associated with their name, it’s absolutely essential that an aspiring politician snatch all of the domains up BEFORE the thought of running even crosses their mind.
Doesn’t this seem so obvious?
It remains to be seen if this will have any negative impact on the Fiorina campaign but it sure has made it easier for critics to jump on her early. A number of media outlets are already reporting on the blunder, overshadowing the announcement of her candidacy.
Fiorina, not only a well-known public figure but a former CEO of a TECH COMPANY, is burned by not proactively registering a domain associated with her name. There are just no words.