Michael Bloomberg critics may be disappointed to learn that they won't be able to use BloombergFail.nyc to slam the former mayor. That's because Bloomberg owns BloombergFail.nyc and a host of other domain names.
A law firm representing the former three-term New York City mayor bought up hundreds of .nyc domains last month, Domain Name Wire reported Monday.
There are the domain names you'd expect (mayormichaelbloomberg.nyc and bloombergphilanthropy.nyc) and names that heap praise on the former mayor (americalovesbloomberg.nyc and mikekicksbutt.nyc.) But the law firm, Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP, also bought up a series of negative domain names, seemingly in an effort to pre-empt Internet trolls and Bloomberg critics from buying the domains themselves.
There are, for example, 13 domain names dealing specifically with Bloomberg's height, including:
At least two domain names dealing with Bloomberg essentially having bought a third term as mayor:
At least four domains containing a certain expletive:
And then a slew of other hilarious domains, including:
Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP didn't immediately respond to The Huffington Post's request for comment Tuesday, but a representative for Bloomberg told Business Insider that "this appears to be overly-aggressive legal due diligence, and we're only keeping the straightforward addresses."
You can read the entire, glorious list of Bloomberg domains here.
Bloomberg announced the creation of the .nyc domain last year, when he was still mayor. He said it would allow local businesses and residents to "identify themselves as connected to New York City, one of the world's strongest and most prestigious brands."
Registration for .nyc domains started this summer and is available only to those with a physical address in the five boroughs. You can register your very own domain here.
Note: Some language in this post has been amended.