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Carly Fiorina doesn't register own domain, which is a problem

Technically Incorrect: Some bright spark notices that the Republican presidential candidate and former CEO of Hewlett-Packard hasn't secured her name. So he uses it to lambaste her record at HP.

Technically Incorrect offers a slightly twisted take on the tech that's taken over our lives.


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It's not a good look, is it? screenshot by Chris Matyszczyk/CNET

Businesspeople who have run for president have something of an imperfect record.

Indeed, one could cheerily make the argument that their record is even worse than that of professional politicians.

Former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina is the latest to be undeterred by such thoughts. She's running for president.

Having made her announcement Monday, she proceeded to make a tour of television stations (and even Periscope) to present herself. It seems, though, that she -- or a member of her entourage -- forgot to fully secure her presentation online.

CarlyFiorina.org ought to have been a simple exposition of her image and credentials. Instead, it's become a homage to her forgetfulness and her allegedly troubling credentials as HP CEO.

It's a simple site, but not a happy sight.

There are 30,000 sad-face symbols. Together with these are the words: "Carly Fiorina failed to register this domain. So I'm using it to tell you how many people she laid off at Hewlett-Packard."

If you scroll past all the sad faces, you end up at a Fiorina quote. She said, when asked about the layoffs: "I would have done them all faster."

CNN reports that the man behind the site is Mike Link, who works for the Service Employees International Union. Naturally, he's a marketing executive.

The 30,000 sad faces represent, according to him, the number of HP layoffs in Fiorina's time.

CEOs aren't often universally regarded as having been a good thing. The compensation for them is, well, the compensation.

In Fiorina's case, the merger with Compaq was not a delight. In her attempt to become a senator for California, she was severely criticized for her management record by her Democratic opponent, Barbara Boxer.

I have contacted Fiorina to ask for her comment and will update, should I hear.

Web strategy has become a very important area for politicians. The whole point of securing all permutations of a name is to ensure that people don't see a rogue site come up in a name search for the candidate. No one ever types the whole URL.

Fiorina isn't alone in her tinge of Web forgetfulness. HillaryForPresident.com isn't a candidate's declaration of serving the people while owning your own server. It's the property of Dr. Larry Kawa, a Floridian who isn't exactly a Democrat.

His site reads: "Dr. Kawa has decided to stand up for Americans who have been hurt by an administration and demand that the laws made by Congress are enforced, and not overturned by an executive branch that is overreaching." He isn't happy with the Affordable Care Act. He says he lost money because of it.

Please also waft to TedCruz.com. There you won't find a libertarian longing for Canada to be part of the US and for a rebellion against government tyranny. Instead, you'll see this message: "SUPPORT PRESIDENT OBAMA. IMMIGRATION REFORM NOW!"

Of course, some domain name organizations have been accused of creating more and more suffixes in order to gouge money from the famous and/or defenseless. Recently, there has been vast consternation about .sucks domains, which are released in June. Apple, Microsoft and Taylor Swift have already spent some of their godly earnings making sure their name isn't said to suck through a URL.

Fiorina still has plenty of time to prepare her own criticisms of other candidates and use her own CarlyForPresident.com (Motto: New Possibilities. Real Leadership.)

It's still a touch awkward that someone with a tech background didn't imagine that a crafty, tech-savvy opponent would lurk to have a laugh from a site that bears her name.

(Via Politico)