Have you ever heard of Alphabet Fleet Management? If you haven’t, it is a subsidiary of BMW that provides just about any kind of fleet service to companies – including the leasing of electric and premium models from BMW and Mini. If you’re interested in learning more about the company and its long list of services, you can check out its website at Alphabet.com. Well you could, that is, if the website was actually working for everyone.

Our sources have indicated that the Alphabet.com has been down for a couple of days now, so I did a little investigating. I can access the website just fine, but as of the time of this writing, some still cannot access it at all. This probably seems like no big deal – considering websites go down from time to time – but there is a humorous twist behind AFM’s location on the web. See, there is a company known as Alphabet. It used to be known as Google and now owns Google. Alphabet is even run by the founders of Google, but as wise those founders seem to be, they dropped the ball big time.

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Why it matters

Alphabet doesn’t own Alphabet.com or Facebook.com/alphabet, nor do they have possession of the @alphabet handle on Twitter. To me, this is outright hilarious – the parent company of the largest search engine on the internet can’t even establish a web presence with a direct domain name. Now I have to wonder whether or not Alphabet has anything to do with Alphabet.com not working. I’m not saying there is some kind of cyber warfare going on here, but it really wouldn’t surprise me. For now there is no clue on whether or not Alphabet Fleet Management and Alphabet will come up with a deal to make a change, but if I were the head of AFM, it would take a lot to convince me to risk damaging my company’s web presence.

Source: TheVerge

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