One might think when visiting the CarlyFiorina.org website, they’d find the campaign homepage of former Hewlett-Packard CEO and presidential hopeful, Carly Fiorina. But they’d be wrong. Terribly, terribly wrong. The reason? Because Carly Fiorina and her campaign managers apparently forgot to register the site and now Internet trollers have adopted it to point out her HP layoff record.
Soon after Fiorina announced she was running for president, putting in her GOP presidential bid along with Rand Paul, Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz, people began searching for information about the candidate and her campaign at none other than CarlyFiorna.org. And when they arrived, the trolls were ready.
Programmed in simple white letters on a black background, the website reads:
“Carly Fiorina failed to register this domain So I’m using it to tell you how many people she laid off at Hewlett-Packard.”
The message is followed by 30,000 colon left parenthesis combos, also known as a sad face emoticons.
In addition to the 30,000 sad faces, the programmer had a little fun inside the code of the code, adding some easter eggs for those savvy enough to find them.
— Kaitlyn Hova (@KaitlynHova) May 4, 2015
The carlyfiorina.org site also includes a bonus page featuring a Demon Sheep who’s eyes light up red when you hover over it.
While domain trolling of candidates is nothing new, still, every time it happens the Internet seems to get a kick out of it. These acts, however, serve as a good reminder of just how important the internet and everything on it is to our success – particularly when we choose to live in the public eye.
The fact that Carly Fiorina failed to register the carlyfiorna.org website ahead of time comes as a bit of a surprise to some considering the former HP CEO has been touted as one of the more tech-savvy candidate.
But even though the website might have been good for a Monday morning chuckle, brand expert Michael Dub of DXagency, a full service digital advertising agency doesn't think they candidate probably has anything to worry about.
"While this is a glaring and somewhat embarrassing oversight for a supposed tech-savvy candidate, the fact that she did not register the .org for her name should not have a significant impact on her candidacy, " Dub told iDigitalTimes. "Unless the owner of carlyfiorina.org plans to expand and consistently update the content on the site (beyond of course the many sad faces), the site will never gain any significant search engine visibility as it will be viewed as a low quality (and un-interesting) site."
To that Dub added, "If her candidacy continues to move forward, I would expect her to counter many of the additional negative sites that may pop up with an aggressive paid search campaign to ensure search engine visibility on page one of search results for carlyforpresident.com."
We don’t know what affect the HP layoff troll page will have on Fiorna’s campaign, but it certainly made for a quick Monday morning chuckle.
Check out what folks on Twitter are saying about the carlyfiorina.org website fail.
I like Carly Fiorina, but it's political malpractice to announce your candidacy and not have the SEO for your campaign website done right.
— Jenn Riemer (@jennriemer) May 4, 2015
— Andre Forrester (@andreforrester) May 4, 2015
— Gabe Ortíz (@TUSK81) May 4, 2015
Carly Fiorina says she's running for president and her website is SO amazing ;) http://t.co/pX1PIlA5QO
— Jeyson Paez (@JeysonPaez) May 4, 2015
— Jesse Berney (@jesseberney) May 4, 2015
— Dan Kenny (@sayheyDK) May 4, 2015