Technology plays a huge role in political campaigns these days. Most people would think that former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina would know this, but that's apparently not true. The Republican presidential candidate made a rookie mistake when she failed to register the domain CarlyFiorina.org, and now it's coming back to haunt her.
Instead, the website domain was registered by Michael Link of the Service Employees International Union, who's obviously not a Fiorina fan. He is using it to highlight information that could be detrimental to Fiorina's campaign.
"Carly Fiorina failed to register this domain," a message on the site reads. "So I'm using it to tell you how many people she laid off at Hewlett-Packard."
Following the message, the site lists how many people Fiorina laid off using sad face emojis. The list is very long, because Link is claiming that 30,000 people were laid off during Fiorina's time as Hewlett-Packard CEO.
It's no big secret that Fiorina, a Republican, fired thousands while she was in charge of the technology giant from 1999 - 2005. The .org website claims 30,000 people lost jobs during her time as CEO, a number echoed in a CNN report about her political ambitions, though others put the number at 15,000.
This situation should serve as a warning to every other presidential candidate out there. They all need to register every domain that includes their name before something embarrassing happens. But, politicians aren't the only ones who have to worry. Small business owners and regular folks should purchase their own domain names, too. Otherwise, someone could use it to smear your reputation online.