Last Updated Dec 23, 2010 1:47 PM EST
That has to be scary, especially if you are Bank of America (BAC) and rumored to be the target. Even though the release date is only narrowed down to sometime in 2011, management has moved quickly to protect its executives through a laughable plan, using an intermediary, to snap up potentially negative URLs, as the blog DomainNameWire noticed. That's right, if anyone is going to own [insert-disgraced-executive-name-here]Sucks.com or Blows.com, it will be BofA.
For example, the company registered a number of domains for CEO Brian Moynihan: BrianMoynihanBlows.com, BrianMoynihanSucks.com, BrianTMoynihanBlows.com, and BrianTMoynihanSucks.com. Just to be sure, it also picked up the .net version of these names and some .orgs as well.This attempt to protect executives shows an amazing degree of online naivetÃ©. First, BofA executives have limited imaginations when it comes to the many ways people could put down the company and its managers. Even eliminate curses, swears, and scatology, and choosing "blows" and "sucks" as your only alternatives is pathetic.
Furthemore, BofA apparently has a limited grasp of finance (big surprise there, eh?), as Cory Doctorow points out in BoingBoing:
In a stunning tribute to the financial acumen of BofA's C-suite, they seem to have missed the fact that total combinations of $FIRSTNAME/INITIAL + $LASTNAME + [blows|sucks|crook|thief|fraudster].[com|net|org|ws|info|cc|ca|ch|whatever] multiplied by, say, $5/domain/year exceeds the total capital reserves of the bank.As for the company itself, trying some interference is years too late. Bank of America Sucks is already a haven for dissatisfied customers.
In keeping with the spirit of giving, I invite readers to suggest other URLs that BofA had better quickly look at (or any that readers may have already snapped up). Click the contact link under my picture and drop an email. Depending on what we get (keep it clean, people), I'll put together a list of some of the best answers to demonstrate to Bank of America what creativity really is. At least, when it doesn't involve numbers.
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