I literally stumbled on two big digital problems for MPs this morning (though, admittedly, one “MP” is no longer an MP). Both provide great examples on the importance of attention to website details, and equally, the importance to do periodic checks of Google vanity search results.
Brian Hayes’ website may be hacked
I Google-searched “mp for sault ste marie” and the first result was the website for former-looking-current Conservative MP Bryan Hayes. He hasn’t properly set up the title and description for his website. Worse yet, just below his name and official website URL are the words “This site may be hacked.” This could mean that Google has detected malware installed on the site and should be checked out.
Aside from the obvious problem of having a site that reports as hacked, this also highlights the importance of cleaning up your digital ecosystem when you’re no longer a sitting MP, particularly if you’re planning on running again. This includes the role suggested by your Twitter handle (e.g. @BryanHayesMP).
Catherine McKenna has just another www.liberal.ca website
A few minutes after the Bryan Hayes discovery, I started entering MP website URLs into Feedly so I can aggregate their RSS content. When I entered the URL for my own MP, Minister McKenna, Feedly reported that her site description is configured to read “Just another Www.liberal.ca site.”