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gmail address tipJust about when I thought I got everything out of Gmail, I discovered my top favorite Gmail address tip. We have published over 30 tools in Gmail RoundUp 1 Gmail Craze: 40 + Tools and Hacks for Gmail Gmail Craze: 40 + Tools and Hacks for Gmail Read More and almost 80 tools and tips in Gmail RoundUp 2 Ultimate GMail Collection: over 80 Tools and Tips Ultimate GMail Collection: over 80 Tools and Tips Read More but never mentioned anything similar to this one. Tribute for this one goes to my ‘I am not into computers‘ type girlfriend.

Let’s say that your email address is ‘GeorgeBush@gmail.com’, basically everything sent to any of the following email addresses will be forwarded to your primary email.

  • GeorgeBush@gmail.com
  • G.eorgeBush@gmail.com
  • Ge.orgeBush@gmail.com

  • GeorgeBus.h@gmail.com
  • GeorgeBush@googlemail.com
  • G.eorgeBush@googlemail.com
  • Ge.orgeBush@googlemail.com

  • GeorgeBus.h@googlemail.com

And that’s not all, you can place as many dots as you want, it can be even something like ‘G.e.o.r.g.e.B.u.s.h@gmail.com’ and you’ll still get it on ‘GeorgeBush@gmail.com’

A Gmail Address Tip You Can Put to Use

Additionally, I just also found out that you can embed random text to your email ID using ‘+’ sign. That is to say ‘GeorgeBush+anythingyouwant@gmail.com’ can be used as your email address, as well.

Ok I got it. Now what?

1. One email for every purpose

Instead of using different Gmail email addresses for various purposes (work, school, friends, etc.) you can use different variations of your Gmail and filter incoming mails by ‘sent to’ address. For instance, all incoming mail sent to ‘Name.Surname@gmail.com’ can be put to folder ‘work’, messages sent to ‘NameSurname@gmail.com’ can be put to ‘friends’, ‘N.ameSurname@gmail.com’ can be used for newsletters, and so on.

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2. Track/Block spammers

When signing up for some website, say thatwebsite.com, you can add thatwebsite to your Gmail user ID (eg. GeorgeBush+thatwebsite@gmail.com). This way you can block your subscription whenever you want and even identify those websites that distribute your email address to spammers.

UPDATE:

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  1. Nahyan
    May 19, 2016 at 6:44 am

    very nice trick to track email address distributors. (Y)

  2. easylivetrade.com
    February 16, 2016 at 11:22 am

    Nice post

  3. JC
    February 16, 2016 at 7:18 am

    I am not sure it this still works now.

    • DreadedJosh
      March 16, 2016 at 6:55 pm

      It still does

  4. mad sad
    April 9, 2015 at 6:34 pm

    good to know

  5. Dell
    March 10, 2015 at 3:10 pm

    Is this valid now ? This looks like a security bug . Has it been fixed ?

    • Joe Doe
      July 21, 2016 at 3:22 pm

      Exactly how is this *security* bug?

  6. chelsie
    January 21, 2015 at 9:54 am

    I need to find out the rest of this emai addresss:

    d*********s@gmail.com

  7. Table Diff
    January 18, 2010 at 11:37 am

    Really really useful. Thanks for the tip!

  8. muretu
    January 17, 2010 at 2:34 pm

    Nice idea ;)

  9. ecommerce web development
    January 15, 2010 at 8:40 am

    Wow. I see it as a MAJOR ‘aw shit’ potential. Once Spammers see/understand this then they will send you ‘n!’ emails instead of one.

  10. Aibek
    January 11, 2010 at 3:27 am

    not every web services accepts such emails. While it seems our subscription provider doesn't most online services do accept emails in such format.

  11. Nikki Appleby
    January 10, 2010 at 7:00 pm

    Well, I haven't heard of this tip, and it sounds great.

    I also hadn't heard of makeuseof.com, it also looks great.

    I wanted to print a guide, but I have to join. I know, I thought, I'll make use of that tip that I just read. So where my email is first.last@gmail.com, I entered first.last+makeuseof@gmail.com

    Result? Invalid email address.

    Oops? (It's either you or me, and for a change I don't think it's me).

  12. jessiev
    November 4, 2009 at 9:27 pm

    THANK you! i appreciate this. and wonder why it took me a few yrs to find it? yikes! thanks again.

  13. Marcelle McGhee
    November 3, 2009 at 11:40 am

    Thanks for the gmail tips. I plan to set this up immediately.

  14. Heather Kephart
    September 4, 2009 at 10:33 pm

    Freaking awesome! Thanks for passing this along.

  15. robb
    September 4, 2009 at 9:40 am

    i know i've read this stuff somewhere before.
    thx for bringing this up.
    nice info.

  16. josh
    September 2, 2009 at 11:16 am

    same with mark before me, that its not working but thanks for the information

  17. Mark
    July 23, 2009 at 8:22 pm

    I followed the said statement on the blog but it doesn't work. Why it is so...

  18. Mr.Obvious
    May 20, 2009 at 2:51 pm

    To all the idiots who say "omg i already know this', or "dude this sh*t is hella old!" this article was posted back in Sept of 2007. So don't pat yourselves on the back and think you're all L337 ninja mofos..

  19. Rod
    May 13, 2009 at 5:14 pm

    Just stumbled across this Gmail feature... thanks for posting it!

  20. Kevin @ This is Broken Blog
    April 27, 2009 at 9:48 pm

    Already knew this, seriously.

  21. a
    March 31, 2009 at 3:01 pm

    "Gmail tip you don't know about"

    wrong. This is old.

  22. Avidan The Sane
    January 21, 2009 at 7:51 pm

    Good one!

  23. Amit
    January 13, 2009 at 9:39 am

    Nice Tips

    Thanks

  24. spellathon
    January 11, 2009 at 1:51 pm

    excellent feature !!

  25. Gerry
    January 1, 2009 at 7:10 pm

    Wow. I see it as a MAJOR 'aw shit' potential. Once Spammers see/understand this then they will send you 'n!' emails instead of one. Bet gMail closes down this vulnerability.

  26. WTF
    December 26, 2008 at 7:47 pm

    I heard the "Something you haven't heard of before" speech many times and this time the result wasn't different: heard about it before, by people who knew they weren't the only ones. Good trip but instead of naming it that way just name it: "Awesome Gmail Trick" or something like that. Ny the way: awesome trick.

  27. Arun
    December 24, 2008 at 8:12 am

    No it doesnt work anymore. The periods are not working. Gmail recognizes johndoe@gmail.com and john.doe@gmail.com as two separate email addresses, just like all the other mail services out there. But the + does work though.

    • joequincy
      December 31, 2008 at 5:44 am

      as the proud owner of the ahem.fake@gmail.com address, I can assure you that I receive emails sent to ahemfake@gmail.com just fine and dandy.

      Also, if you actually considered sending an email to ahem.fake@gmail.com after reading that, please reach over and turn off your modem. I don't want you on my internet >.<

  28. kimrich
    December 21, 2008 at 12:05 pm

    Looking at all these contentious posts about an attempt by their author(s) to be helpful and thereby increase website traffic, I'm reminded that human nature has not changed since sapiens evolved... and also that the colonization of space by a species such as ours is unlikely to produce a net gain in the quality of life in the universe.

    Personally I thought the tips were great. Thank You. And I await the scathing observations of the angry few about even these comments.

  29. George Philip
    December 17, 2008 at 10:35 am

    Good One.
    George Philip, Elevatta

  30. Donna Maher
    December 15, 2008 at 2:23 pm

    Thanks Aibek for this cool tip - I'd not yet heard of it, and just tested it (and read Google's TOS about it) and sure enough, I got the mail without the dot, and with the + but when I added a numeral, it didn't arrive.

    Joyous holidays to you & all,
    Donna

  31. Donna Maher
    December 15, 2008 at 1:02 pm

    VERY nice post - thanks for discovering & sharing this great tip - now I want to test it & enjoy the extended capabilities.

    Joyous holidays to you & yours :-)

  32. Aibek
    December 12, 2008 at 4:00 pm

    test comment ... disregard it

  33. Navin
    November 30, 2008 at 3:15 pm

    I already knew this ;)

  34. Time Tracker
    November 17, 2008 at 5:53 am

    I'm not sure the +thatwebsite features is still working. Gave it a try, and came up with an error.

    @skype - thanks. and here I was typing the @gmail.com the whole time. nice one!

  35. John Sullivan@POTPOLITICSâ„¢
    October 26, 2008 at 2:23 am

    Wow I'd like to harness all that brain power :)
    I hope people go outside and get some FRESH AIR
    awesome Blog/site.
    Hope to get mine this happening one day Maybe :)
    Peace
    Stumbled

    • Aibek
      October 26, 2008 at 5:58 am

      Thanks for the feedback :-)

  36. Mandrita
    October 25, 2008 at 3:45 am

    Liked It !!!

  37. Northman
    October 20, 2008 at 11:06 am

    The best feature of GMail is that is has an excellent spam filter!

    So I pass all my email that goes to my personal email address (eg Firstname@Surname.com) to my GMail account (Firstname.Surname@GMail.com) and then have my Outlook pick it up from GMail (via POP).

    Works MUCH better than Outlook spam filtering - AND I got a great webmail function too :-)

    N

  38. Gert Hough
    October 10, 2008 at 4:24 am

    Nice to know. Will not use it though.

    What will happen to all your hours of email filtering effort if google change the way they handle email catching?

    • AEinstein
      October 13, 2008 at 1:20 pm

      Considering the hundreds of thousands (estimation ) of people who use Gmail, don't you think that if Google decided to change the way they "catch" emails that they would make it backwards compatible with the existing system?
      Why would they risk losing all of the Gmailers that they have? That just wouldn't make sense.

  39. gabe565
    September 30, 2008 at 5:25 pm

    Great tip! I've been using it, different addresses for forums, friends, school, etc. Thanks!

  40. Jack
    September 15, 2008 at 5:43 am

    Good feat, but....
    a little off-topic : the reason i don't use gMail is it doesn't accept attaching exe files. :|

    • AEinstein
      October 13, 2008 at 1:09 pm

      That can be solved very easily. I am not being sarcastic if I sound like it.
      Put your .exe in a .rar archive and put a password on it.
      I use WinRAR, but I'm sure that others might work.
      If you just use a .rar archive then Gmail can still "see" the program inside of it, but when you add the password it is like a . . . well, you get the picture, Gmail cannot scan inside the locked archive.

      Have fun!

    • diego
      December 3, 2008 at 12:48 pm

      Or, you can rename the file to something like .zipo or .raro and gmail wont realise it's an archived file. You just tell your friend to rename the file when he receives it and that's it :)

  41. the0ne
    July 30, 2008 at 8:04 am

    cool nice find

  42. ALINA
    July 2, 2008 at 5:16 pm

    Awesome! Some e-mails with a lot of mail address of this type arrived to my inbox and I just felt impressed...

  43. seo company india
    June 3, 2008 at 3:57 am

    This is seriously awesome!!!

    i love giving people my name@googlemail.com is pretty sweet.

    plus managing subscriptions have become so much more easy..

    Really thanks much for this tip :)

  44. _khAttAm_
    June 1, 2008 at 12:04 pm

    what if the spammers code a script to remove dots and everything between + and @...

  45. heck
    May 19, 2008 at 4:29 pm

    Is there a function on GMAIL, like that of Yahoo I could use in regards to sorting out emails?
    Ex. Yahoo email. I get all me emails (to same email addrs), from there I can sort or check off on those I want to move to a different folder (say Bill confirmations folder / shipped out folder / video emails folder / moms BS folder etc.)
    I'm told gmails version of this feature is different emails, so if billpay confirms I have to give out say h.eck@gmail or for my shipment confirmtaions i need to giveout he.ck@gmail rather than letting me sort them out myself?

  46. Lance
    May 7, 2008 at 2:18 pm

    Yahoo's disposable email feature is far superior. With their feature, if you start getting spammed on a disposable email address all one has to do to eliminate the spam destined for that email is delete the email address.

  47. Ryan
    May 7, 2008 at 3:04 am

    Great way to manage email. I have used this for a few months now and functionality and flexibility that it gives you just re-affirms that Gmail is the top free email solution.

  48. MoiN
    May 1, 2008 at 7:29 am

    haha, never knew this !! :D nice one

    MoiN

  49. Urim
    May 1, 2008 at 1:52 am

    I want to know the last exact time I have log in, in my gmail account?

  50. Dale Hay
    April 27, 2008 at 12:03 am

    Woah. I defenately didn't know about that. I might try it myself and see if it works. :)

  51. kim w.
    April 21, 2008 at 4:19 pm

    No, this isn't a helpful tip.

    I had to cancel my gmail account because I was myfirstnameDOTlastname@gmail.com, and someone with my same name had the email myfirstnamelastname@gmail.com -- and I kept getting her email. She was a very busy wedding planner in Texas, and I kept getting solicitations from florists and churches, messages from her mother in the hospital, and love notes from her husband. I kept writing back to everyone asking them to be sure they had the write email, but nothing helped.

    i finally just cancelled the account. I was considering re-registering under a different name combo, but it sounds like if Google and Gmail think this is a feature, it won't help.

    And I'm not the only one with this problem.

  52. Sound Of Vision
    April 11, 2008 at 5:16 pm

    Ok, so, if my e-mail was my.email.address@gmail.com (with dots), and someone makes an email that goes myemailaddress@gmail.com (without dots) I will get their emails? And additionally, it narrows down the choice of email address. People wouldn't be able to make an address that goes my.emailaddress, or myemail.address...etc. unless they put a number in it. (people do repeat email address - that's why there are so many with numbers in them...)

  53. krish
    April 8, 2008 at 3:18 am

    I’m a gmail fan and this enhances my fondness for it. Thanks for sharing.

  54. Midas
    April 3, 2008 at 5:46 pm

    Have a look at spamgourmet.com! It does this and more, so you have not to be affraid of someonelse getting your mail...

  55. Joker
    March 26, 2008 at 8:15 am

    Its a freaking bug. Say you want to receive someone elses email. Easy way to do it is to register an email address the the same as thiers .. for example if some one has registered jondoe@gmail.com, you can register jon.doe@gmail.com and you will get all the mail they get!

    Give it a go!!!

    • internet surfer
      April 7, 2008 at 10:56 am

      Good logic. This has really scared me. I just tested it, and fortunately, google doesn't allow it. If some one has registered jondoe@gmail.com, jon.doe will no longer be available to register. In the same way if jon.doe@gmail.com has been registered, jondoe@gmail.com will no longer be available to register.

  56. 4756
    March 19, 2008 at 12:27 am

    Good One! I didn't know that!

  57. tkg
    March 17, 2008 at 10:59 pm

    say if a person creates a gmail account john.smith@gmail.com but however say johnsmith@gmail.com is already registered then according to you gmail shouldn't allow anyone to register that name or if it does then all mails sent to john.smith@gmail.com should go to johnsmith@gmail.com and that would mean a serious security breach, so i guess gmail wont allow you to sogn up....
    [update] : well yes gmail dsnt allow !!!
    n hey i tried signing up with $ in the username... it doesn't seem to allow :(

    Thanks

  58. Terry
    March 17, 2008 at 10:26 pm

    Interesting and possibly very helpful

  59. Frank J
    March 14, 2008 at 6:55 am

    is it really a smart tip if GW's name is in the example?
    thanx tho.

  60. Chuck Tomasi
    March 10, 2008 at 5:36 am

    Coincidentally, I just covered this on the latest episode of the Gmail Podcast (chuckchat.com/gmail).

  61. Pang
    March 9, 2008 at 3:53 pm

    Hey! I was having this random thought!
    I wanted to play a joke on my friends for 2 days. So I was thinking to make them believe I am actually studying at Harvard! So how do you create a random fake uni email address that works? Anyone know that would be awesome lol

  62. Mike
    March 3, 2008 at 7:36 pm

    Knew about it. :)

    But yeah.. this is freaking awesome. If you're a business you can use it to sort where email is coming from without setting up multiple accounts, or a job seeker can give different variations on different resumes posted on various sites to track which one has the best use.

    Love it!

  63. Spikey
    February 26, 2008 at 5:26 pm

    Well all I know is this was news to me and after reading all the good debate (among the morons who think knowing something before somebody else is worth crowing about) I thought I'd go register my Google name firstlast@googlemail.com with a period in it first.last@googlemail.com so that nobody else takes it. given that my first and last in this case are as close to unique as its possible to get this was more of an experiment than a real attempt to safeguard my mail but google disallowed the registration. I tried it with an even more unique first and last name i use and got the same thing.

    So yeah, Google must have taken steps at least to prevent this.

  64. Roy
    February 24, 2008 at 1:54 pm

    Dang. Well I knew about the '.' trick but not about the '+' trick.... Thanks!

  65. Mike
    February 7, 2008 at 8:22 pm

    So what.

  66. Amazing Bits
    February 6, 2008 at 12:56 pm

    That's neat. How you guys find out such stuff? :) I use mailinator dot com when I know that signing up at some site will definitely end up receiving spam. But there I can not keep the mail. I love the trick with '+'!

  67. ATOzTOA
    February 4, 2008 at 4:40 am

    OMG.... Never knew it lol. Thanks for the gr8 tip :)

    Even then it can't be used as a space for spam mail registrations, we register with many sites to use some onetime feature and they will send promotion mails to that id.

  68. Rico9
    February 1, 2008 at 7:53 pm

    Dont use gmail,dont really understand what you are taling about, that was agreat 15mins of reading. Put that on the stage with 5-10 guys reading it out f...ing funny! Thank you all you where brill

  69. shabooty
    January 3, 2008 at 1:05 pm

    cool.
    ive used
    jondoe+SPAM@gmail before to denote spam.

  70. Jim
    December 31, 2007 at 5:08 pm

    This not new. I already knew this. You wasted my time. Again.

  71. Dave
    December 29, 2007 at 9:44 pm

    Yet another user here with "first.last"@gmail.com but NOT "firstlast"@gmail.com.

    I just tested this trick with several combinations of dots, and received none of the emails, except for the one that was exactly the same as my address. Obviously, the system is not perfect, and as I have received several emails meant for this other person, he has tried to use the trick too.

    I don't know if I'm missing any email, but no one has commented on it.

  72. Ruchi
    December 28, 2007 at 11:03 am

    I'm a gmail fan and this enhances my fondness for it. It is terrific!

  73. Bryan
    December 22, 2007 at 1:43 pm

    I'm using your tips in this comment!

  74. quadriyyah
    December 20, 2007 at 7:01 am

    dear,mslamb
    i was crying alot i miss you so much and all the good things you did for us also samantha was crying to i was crying because i didn,t want you to leave i wish you were still our student teacher.also thank you for the stuff that you gave me and i will try to do my best always when i was crying i couldn,t stop thinking about you i just can,t stop but any way i hope you have a good weekend and merry christmas to you to bff but you are still the best teacher in the world and i,m crying right now why i,m typing i miss you sooooooooooooooooo much and i love you as a friend too good-bye ms.lamb i hpe you come back to visit us when we go back to school january,2.

    sinserly
    quadriyyah harris

  75. Aria Rajasa
    December 13, 2007 at 10:13 pm

    nice one! would be good to tell what website is selling your email address :P

  76. TOTALFUNWORLD.COM
    December 7, 2007 at 6:25 am

    Its a great post.

    • Aibek
      December 7, 2007 at 8:22 pm

      Enjoy! We got hundreds of cool posts.

  77. balootisme
    December 4, 2007 at 3:07 am

    now i know..

    thanks bro..

    anyway, how did u know this tip?

    • Aibek
      December 5, 2007 at 6:38 am

      My girlfriend told me abt it. :-)

  78. URstop
    November 30, 2007 at 4:13 am

    Knew it long back, but never thought how this can be put to use. Good thoughts. Thanks

  79. Gareth Williams
    November 25, 2007 at 6:11 pm

    I found out about this "feature" when I realised that Google had allowed someone with the same name as myself to create an account with the same name as mine - except his email address had the dot separating his first and last name, whereas my account was created without any dot present.

    This bug seems to have subsequently been fixed by Google, as attempting to create 2 accounts with such similar email addresses now fails.

    As pointed out in this article, any emails sent to the address containing the dot also appear in my account, i.e. they get sent to my email address, the one created without the dot. As such, I know that my namesake plays rugby, is looking for a job (and earns less than I do), is interested in physics, and drinks too much alcohol too regularly.

    I've tried emailing the other user to inform him of this fact, but he has chosen to not contact me. Similarly, Google have ignored my emails suggesting this "design feature" is in fact a security breach that, although has been plugged as far as creating new accounts goes, is still being inadvertently abused by myself and my namesake on a daily basis.

    • Aibek
      November 27, 2007 at 12:40 pm

      "As such, I know that my namesake plays rugby, is looking for a job (and earns less than I do), is interested in physics, and drinks too much alcohol too regularly."

      :-) :-) :-) ... Unbeliavable. I can just imagine what happens to the all the "Smiths" out there.

    • dm
      October 6, 2009 at 10:03 pm

      my namesake has a former employee who sent a note about how happy he was that my namesake was fired and that he felt he was the most pathetic human being ever to walk the earth, has copies of deeds and mortgages sent to his gmail account (he apparently flipped houses in the housing boom), searches for crap jobs in about every state these days, and sends some of his bills to the account. i let him know once but don't think he seems to understand how public his emails are!

  80. Rj
    November 23, 2007 at 7:48 am

    As stated above, I would assume this is a flaw of the system.... I'm glad that my email address isn't too common, otherwise my email might be getting sent to somebody else; I wouldn't care too much for that at all.

  81. Stefan
    November 22, 2007 at 4:01 am

    Yahoo has had #2 for years. They're called disposable e-mail addresses, and they're available to anyone with an account. I think they're absolutely priceless, and I have personally created dozens of them. How they differ, though, is how you make them up. Instead of using your actual e-mail address, you create a fixed base name prefix different than your original e-mail address. Then you choose a variable suffix for each of your purposes. In between is a hyphen. So the end result is:
    base_name-variable_suffix@yahoo.com. It's absolutely brilliant. Why it's better is because as some others have noted, with Gmail, any spammer with a brain could simply use your name before the "+" and still get through. With Yahoo disposable addresses, that's not the case.

  82. mroblivious1bmf
    November 21, 2007 at 4:28 pm

    VERY not impressed!

  83. dm
    November 20, 2007 at 7:22 pm

    This is definitely FLAW not FEATURE. My email address is first.last@gmail.com and I recieve emails intended for someone I DON'T know with the same first and last name - i.e. firstlast@gmail.com. I'm sure the opposite is true. Fortunately for my counterpart, I ignore and delete emails intended for him. Fortunately for me I don't use this account for anything too personal!

    This is only an awesome feature if Google did not allow others to sign up with a similar address. Unfortunately that's not the case... Let's hope Google is listening.

    • Aibek
      November 21, 2007 at 8:51 pm

      This is only an awesome feature if Google did not allow others to sign up with a similar address. - Google doesn't allow such sign ups, they treat both of the cases as one.

      see http://mail.google.com/support/bin/answer.py?hl=en&answer=10313

    • John S.
      January 2, 2008 at 5:42 pm

      You're correct, the same thing is happening with my account.

  84. Brian Arbelaez
    November 20, 2007 at 5:48 pm

    this is an awesome concept...but reading some of these post makes me think this is half flaw and half feature.

    I don't think the period should be ignored, or 'filtered'!!

    Try omitting the dot on a URI, or in and image link path. why should email be different??
    IMHO, email should follow this same protocol.

  85. Eddy Harvey
    November 20, 2007 at 3:53 pm

    I got you one better -

    If you go to http://www.google.com/a you can sign up for gmail using yourdomain.com. You can configure a catch-all email address, and never give out the same email address twice, using your favorite gmail web interface, yet using your own domain name. (Of course you have to pay to register your own domain name, and you have to be techy enough to set your DNS settings according to gmail's specifications.) I use godaddy for this (something like $6 per year)

    I've actually been doing this now for about 5 years (just haven't been using google as my mail provider till recently) and it's awesome. :-)

  86. Funny Guy
    November 18, 2007 at 11:36 pm

    Very useful tips for people like me who have a lot of Gmail accounts to deal with.

  87. Allan
    November 18, 2007 at 2:24 am

    Hotmail definately makes a difference between first.i.last@hotmail.com and firstilast@hotmail.com ....

  88. nixo
    November 17, 2007 at 4:38 pm

    I don't know if any of you people read RFC's, but the specification for email defines an explicit use for the plus sign.
    It is not a valid character for an email address. It is basically intended to define a destination folder or some other sub-destination specific to an email address.
    So the plus sign is doing what it's supposed to do.
    It's just not a popular feature so not a lot of people know about it.

  89. No offense
    November 17, 2007 at 6:25 am

    Common man, first do a litlle research, this is from 2005 or something.

    Second so many comments on on something like this, we should be doing something else....

  90. Tetedepoulet
    November 17, 2007 at 6:19 am

    Who cares? Gmail sucks anyway

  91. FreeBee
    November 17, 2007 at 4:33 am

    Some ppl here are getting p***ed off because this tip would mean their mail is sent to someone else, and then they start yelling at aibek, as if HE can help it. As if it is HIS fault that things work this way. In stead of yelling, just register a NEW account with gmail, and make sure there are no dots in it. And from now on, use that NEW account. It's that simple!

    Actually, if you registered a name with a dot in it BECAUSE the name without the dot was already in use, then it is your OWN DANG FAULT. Your head wasn't only meant to hang your ears on; it should contain something that's worth USING. Try it for a change! Only childish stupid dumbf***s yell at ppl in stead of using their brains.

    Sorry to everyone else for getting so worked up...

    • Aibek
      November 17, 2007 at 8:22 am

      Thanks buddy ;-)

  92. matelot
    November 16, 2007 at 11:38 pm

    LOL !

    • Aibek
      November 17, 2007 at 5:59 am

      @ matelot, @smart

      Guyz, are you 12 ? 15? Tell us.

  93. matelot
    November 16, 2007 at 11:37 pm

    Thank you - I didn't know about this tip....

    but then immediately I'm puzzled with the question: "ok...my google account has dot in it -
    so does the account WITHOUT the dot - likely owned by someone else - get a copy of the mail sent to me !!!!!?????

    I *think* this "tip" you took the trouble to post is intended for people who DO NOT know about it - like me.

    But then you didn't have the consideration to offer ANY explanation, so FUCK YOU !!!

    • Aibek
      November 17, 2007 at 8:18 am

      I already answered YOUR comment above. Defnitely check it out.

    • matelot
      November 19, 2007 at 11:54 am

      duh

      My point is you should have been more considerate and have the clarification/explanation in the post

    • Mark
      February 17, 2008 at 10:27 pm

      I'm thinking, not even 12.

  94. Paul Stamatiou
    November 16, 2007 at 12:23 pm

    I've used this trick for years to signup for things with the same addy when it says I'm already registered or limits accounts etc.

    • Aibek
      November 17, 2007 at 8:14 am

      Hey Paul,
      Nice to see you here ;-)

  95. billy
    November 16, 2007 at 12:12 pm

    You can do multiple dots too.

    George........Bush@gmail.com

    kind of funny looking, but totally legal and it gets to you

    • Dave
      February 21, 2008 at 2:53 am

      Not actually totally legal. The RFC for emails states that you can't have more than one special character (symbol) in a row in either half of the email address.

      This means that foo_.bar@gmail.com is not valid as far as the RFC is concerned and your example: foo.......bar@gmail.com is also not valid.

      f.o.o.b.a.r@g.m.a.i.l.com would be totally valid (but probably wouldn't end up at your gmail inbox).

      I'm not sure exactly how various mail servers deal with invalid email addresses but suspect that the don't all deal with them the same way so I would stick to strictly valid addresses.

  96. Kim Siever
    November 16, 2007 at 11:36 am

    Actually, I did know about this tip. I've known it for three years in fact.

  97. fock you
    November 16, 2007 at 11:32 am

    My gmail account is somethingsomething@gmail.com

    And there's a guy out there that has the account something.something@gmail.com . . . sometimes I get his emails. but he's never received my emails, so he claims.

    We've corresponded about the problem and sent emails to Google with no reply, of course. Eventually I convinced him to stop using the account. I told him if he didn't stop using the account, I might not forward him his email (some of it pretty confidential business stuff). I felt a little bad but I had the account first.

    Perhaps Google has since "fixed" the problem . . . I don't know. Pretty interesting situation we had there though.

    • matelot
      November 16, 2007 at 11:42 pm

      wow are you sure ?

      According to this gmail help, this is impossible
      http://mail.google.com/support/bin/answer.py?answer=29424

    • Bill
      November 20, 2007 at 4:24 pm

      It's true. Perhaps google fixed it, but I'm also one with a something.something@gmail.com email address, and I have occasionally received emails destined for somethingsomething@gmail.com.

      Aibek, if you want proof of this email me privately. I will try to set the record straight.

    • Aibek
      November 17, 2007 at 8:12 am

      I think you are talking crap, somethingsomething and something.something ARE SAME. Considering current forwarding options there is no way these two email IDs are different.

    • John S.
      January 2, 2008 at 5:41 pm

      not when Google allowed people to sign up both ways. I signed up with a dot and have to login with it. If I try to login without the dot it won't let me. Why? Because someone else has the same name without the dots.

    • John
      February 6, 2008 at 4:16 pm

      You can't log in now without the dot in your username because the user name does not change in the database - it is what it is and it is bound forever to your account and your account's password.

      The FAQ answer on Google, cited several times in the comments on this post, confirm this to be true.

      Any cases of receiving someone's mail is likely because the other individual has used a variation of the GMail user's address as their "reply-to" address in emails they have sent in the past. Why they would do this, I don't know, but my money is on carelessness and lack of foresight - the two causes of most SNAFUs on the web.

  98. Anon
    November 16, 2007 at 11:12 am

    I knew about this already. Seriously.

    • Aibek
      November 17, 2007 at 8:08 am

      Good for you, buddy. :-)

  99. Vintechsys
    November 16, 2007 at 9:46 am

    This is not a good idea because it teaches our "girlfriends" how to use email Gmail's way. Now people are going to start thinking that you can put your.name.email@whatever.com.

  100. Anonymous Cow
    November 16, 2007 at 9:28 am

    This tip has been recirculated at least five times in the last three years of my time scanning the del.icio.us/popular links .. try something new will you.

  101. Joy
    November 16, 2007 at 9:18 am

    I haven't tried this one yet..I will sign up for an account and see if it works..^^..thanks for sharing it aibek..^^

    • Aibek
      November 17, 2007 at 8:05 am

      Enjoy ;-)

  102. aaron
    November 16, 2007 at 9:11 am

    Are you sure that someone can't just register George.Bush@gmail.com when you have GeorgeBush@gmail.com and get email to that address?

    • Aibek
      November 17, 2007 at 8:05 am

      Yes, I am sure.

    • dm
      November 20, 2007 at 7:29 pm

      Aibek - you are wrong. I have a first.name@gmail.com acct and someone else has firstname@gmail.com. I rec'v his emails. Definitely can happen - I have someone else's emails to prove it!

    • Aibek
      November 21, 2007 at 8:38 pm
    • John S.
      January 2, 2008 at 5:38 pm

      the same thing happens to me a couple times a week, there are two of us (at least) with the same address the period being the only difference

  103. James J
    November 16, 2007 at 8:13 am

    I never heard this before.Honestly it is troublesome to use different variation of gmail address. Anyway you are awesome!

  104. Matt
    November 16, 2007 at 7:55 am

    bummer if you got your.name@gmail.com and not yourname@gmail.com. speaking from experience, yourname does not go to your.name, but i'm not sure if yourname gets mail from your.name.

    i hope not. for reals.

    • Aibek
      November 17, 2007 at 8:03 am

      It works in both cases. In Gmail's eyes your.name == yourname.

    • Bill
      November 20, 2007 at 4:20 pm

      NOT TRUE.

      ***WARNING***

      Be very careful using this trick. When I first signed up for gmail, the account (for example) johnsmith@gmail.com was taken. I signed up for and was then given john.smith@gmail.com.

      For a while, I was regularly receiving email intended for johnsmith@gmail.com, probably due do his using this same trick.

      Sooner or later, someone WILL take your account name but with a period somewhere in the middle. You'll suddenly stop getting emails from your contacts with that address.

  105. Tim F.
    November 16, 2007 at 7:44 am

    Just so you know, the plus operator works with pretty much *any* email system, not just gmail.

  106. Keck
    November 16, 2007 at 6:21 am

    The only problem is that since this scheme is all in interpreting the email address, spammers harvesting email or site owners collecting your email can easily strip out the additional text just as gmail does. Spammers are known for adapting quickly :)

    The only real way to do this is to use your own domain and have all the email address for it forward to your real address, and use the sitename@yourdomain.com as the email you give to an individual site.

    • FreeBee
      November 17, 2007 at 4:55 am

      In an adapted form, I've used your method for several years now. For every site where I need to register to make use of their services, I create a new address in the form of theirsitename@my.(sub.)domain. And from that domain everything is forwarded to my gmail address to take advantage of the spam- and mail-filtering options. Works miracles.

    • Aibek
      November 17, 2007 at 8:01 am

      Nice find. Thanks for sharing. ;-)

  107. Micheal
    November 16, 2007 at 5:31 am

    You can use http://www.e4ward.com . You sign up for a username and for each website you create an email just for it, in the form website@username.e4ward.com.

    It's quite a good idea, all it's missing is a firefox extension to automatically generate the emails.

  108. textboner
    November 16, 2007 at 2:56 am

    In the interests of good taste you should use a sample email address such as

    N.eofascist.Moron.President@gmail.com

    instead of that vulgar name you actually cited.

    • Aibek
      November 17, 2007 at 7:53 am

      I didn't vote for him, but at least 25% of Americans did. So, I am just being "correct" here. ;-)

  109. Naggleron
    November 16, 2007 at 1:14 am

    p.s. Luminus--

    assuming that you asked because you have gmail for domains, and could have tested this in about .088321 seconds instead of asking a blog comment, i'll answer the mystery for you:

    yes.

  110. Naggleron
    November 16, 2007 at 1:11 am

    the + thing... you didn't know that? rtfm doggy dogg.

  111. Luminus
    November 15, 2007 at 11:36 pm

    Cool stuff. Does this work with Google for your domain emails?

    • Aibek
      November 17, 2007 at 7:51 am

      I am not really sure what you mean. Are you referring to self hosted Gmail (like in Google Apps)? If so, I think it will work. I mean, it's the same email program but just on a different server.

  112. Michael
    November 15, 2007 at 11:25 pm

    Here's the scenario that makes this worthless

    1. Sign up for new cool site w/ email+somethingwitty@gmail.com

    2. Allow time to go by, stop using new cool site

    3. Attempt to log back, get forgotten password, cancel membership, etc for new cool site ... having forgotten what 'somethingwitty' was ...

    You now have no clue what your own email address is ... because the site isn't smart enough to know that email@gmail.com == email+something@gmail.com

    And if they were smart enough to know that ... then the whole thing would be a complete waste anyway

    • Aibek
      November 17, 2007 at 7:48 am

      Good point.

    • David Carrington
      November 20, 2007 at 4:56 pm

      Lucky you kept the signup e-mail in your gmail archives then. Even smarter of you to have it stored wisely in a label called "Account" or similar. But best of all: it was spectacular of you to notice that the original author pretty clearly states to use the site's domain name as an obvious extra in your e-mail address.

      Oh look, I just wrote something witty!

    • Maurice
      December 5, 2007 at 2:11 am

      However ... your Gmail inbox is big enough never to delete anything (at least it is for me) so you really wouldn't have to remember +somethingwitty, you just have to remember "new cool site" and search for "new cool site" in your Gmail inbox ...

    • ravi
      September 8, 2008 at 7:55 pm

      If you have at least 1 email from that new cool website, in that email, the 'to' address field contains your 'email+sthshitty@gmail.com' gmail address. So you'll not forget ur email for that site.

    • joequincy
      December 31, 2008 at 5:37 am

      You'd be hard-pressed to find a password-recovery system that does not send the recovery information to the original email address.

      This is a non-issue, especially when set next to the problems associated with the current frequency of having several email addresses that are literally separate (ex: ISP-domain.com, Yahoo.com, Hotmail/msn/live.com, Gmail.com, etc.)
      At least with Gmail, the user merely needs to run a filter to find emails sent to a form of the address that had a "." out of place or a "+" tacked on.

  113. bobh
    November 15, 2007 at 10:03 pm

    undefined functionality like that might change without notice, so the people who had the bogus email IDs might not be able to contact you in the future.

    • Aibek
      November 17, 2007 at 7:48 am

      There is nothing wrong with such usage. After all, all those deviations forwarded to only one mailbox. Making it unusable may result in serious consequences for millions of service users (Gmail subscribers), so it's highly unlikely.

  114. Jesus H
    November 15, 2007 at 9:59 pm

    I just wet my pants thanks to the sheer numbing awesomeness of this piece of trivia. I've been waiting all my life for such a momentous event, as have the limbless Iraqis and malnourished children everywhere. The rapture is truly at hand.

    jesus.h@gmail.com

    • Aibek
      November 17, 2007 at 7:45 am

      :-)

    • DC
      November 17, 2007 at 10:31 pm

      It's nice to see that you're spending your time participating in this post and ridiculing everyone else for it instead of doing something noble.

  115. Alex
    November 15, 2007 at 9:14 pm

    you can use #1 in google's webmail if you add a new account with this "user.na.me":

    Setting - Account - Add Another Mail Account (enter the "fake" em.a.il and then use your regular username)

  116. Timz
    November 15, 2007 at 8:38 pm

    Mailinator FTW !

  117. Ash
    November 15, 2007 at 4:25 pm

    Awesome

  118. LLLL
    November 14, 2007 at 1:53 am

    Smart. Thanks.

  119. Matt Ellsworth
    November 10, 2007 at 12:25 pm

    Nice tips. I've knew some of these...

  120. Anya
    November 4, 2007 at 6:30 pm

    I've had several gmail accounts for about 3 years now and never knew that! Never had any problems with gmail, either. Great tip, I've always used filters, but this is definitely an innovative way.

  121. Dave
    November 4, 2007 at 2:19 am

    @pete:
    I'm not sure where you get your poop from but it would be nice if you could provide a reference to it. I've just had a look through the Terms of Use and the Privacy Policy for Gmail and neither have any reference to anything happening after two years. In fact, as far as your data is concerned, the Terms of Use states: (Section 5, last paragraph)

    Google does not claim any ownership in any of the content, including any text, data, information, images, photographs, music, sound, video, or other material, that you upload, transmit or store in your Gmail account. We will not use any of your content for any purpose except to provide you with the Service.

  122. ProBlogReviews
    November 2, 2007 at 7:45 pm

    nice find

  123. pete
    October 29, 2007 at 6:58 pm

    just a shame that your g-mails become public domain after 2 yrs - read the license morons! no matter how many fancy features they put on ur account the fact remains that it's not secure and that g-mail is a load of poop (put mildly)

    • Aibek
      November 4, 2007 at 12:35 pm

      Totally agree with Dave, some references would be nice.

    • Moe-Ron Kabbejhed
      November 19, 2007 at 11:42 am

      Could you point this moron to the section in the terms of service that states that my gmail goes into the public domain after 2 years? No? I didn't think so - it doesn't exist.

  124. calvin
    October 29, 2007 at 5:41 pm

    this is old news, like a few years

    • JackBook.Com
      November 22, 2007 at 8:30 pm

      yeah, and still many people didn't know it.

    • Anson Einstein
      September 24, 2008 at 9:17 pm

      Then it wasn't meant for you to waste your time reading.
      It was for the people who didn't know about it. Duh.

  125. Megan Vaillancourt
    October 29, 2007 at 2:30 am

    Going to go try it out. Didn't know any of these features. Hey I knew it sent mail the old fashion way, never took the time to check out the rest.

  126. me
    September 29, 2007 at 5:46 am

    i knew this

  127. Cristi Cotovan
    September 17, 2007 at 4:33 am
  128. Aibek
    September 17, 2007 at 12:20 am

    @ Mark

    It seems that the filtering using dots in the email address will work only if you're using desktop email client (Mozilla ThunderBird, Microsoft Outlook, etc.).

    Thanks for correction ;-)

  129. mark
    September 16, 2007 at 11:05 pm

    I am just using the web-based Gmail and if someone emails me with dots in the username, it is disregarded by the filters and ends up in my inbox. Even Gmail seems to confirm this - http://mail.google.com/support/bin/answer.py?hl=en&answer=10313

    Brian is correct in that you can't sign up for web-based services with a "+" in the email address. The website kicks it back as "invalid". But it DOES work if you email someone. As I said, I email myself articles and text all the time with the "+" and it works perfectly.

    • Scott
      November 27, 2007 at 4:40 am

      if your email is, I dunno, lets say johndoe@gmail.com and you want to sing up to a website as john.doe@gmail.com, then you create a filter for this you can select archive to have it skip the inbox.

      I do this as well as have the filter give it a label, depending on the site it comes form and there you have it, easy to be found as well as not cluttering up the inbox.

    • Matt
      September 18, 2009 at 4:54 am

      Filtering based on dots in the address via the web interface does indeed work. I have done it. :)

  130. SigChat
    September 16, 2007 at 10:03 pm

    sorta old news, note that many places won't accept a + character because it's not considered valid - some e-mail clients may even trash incoming emails because it sees this as something hostile, e-mail addresses were formerly restricted to only alphanumeric characters and originally could not start with a number - but over time this has changed, but we're still finicky over it.

  131. Aibek
    September 16, 2007 at 9:23 pm

    @ Brian

    I agree most of the bigger and popular ones won't allow it, but smaller ones usually overlook this.

  132. Aibek
    September 16, 2007 at 8:51 pm

    Hmmm... sounds strange, number one definitely works for me. Maybe different programs/clients handle filters differently. I use Thunderbird 2.0 and it definitely works for me. My filters are up and running. ;-).
    What client/program are you using ?

  133. brian
    September 16, 2007 at 8:50 pm

    A lot of websites don't allow you to enter an email address that includes a + symbol.

    • dp
      November 20, 2007 at 3:20 pm

      That's akin to emailing an ISP and telling them that a host on their network is spamming. They won't do anything about it, because it's not affecting them. Because most of the 'validators' for email online don't support anything more than the absolute minimum, many times, my email dp [at] dp [dot] cx is considered invalid. I'm told that I need a 3 character username, and a 3 character TLD....

    • JackBook.Com
      November 22, 2007 at 8:29 pm

      Validating email is easy. you can use client side scripting or even server side scripting.It's just about the sites policy I think.

      Some sites (webmasters) has been clever enough to know that gmail allow as to use + after our mail address as a kind of fake email. and they just don't want people to register into their site with a fake address.

      That's why many website won't allow you to register with email that has + on the address.

      imw, thanks

    • joequincy
      December 31, 2008 at 5:23 am

      @ JackBook
      While the sentiment about fake email addresses is valid, it's a non-sequitur to assume that it's the source of bad validation. Using a "+" in email addresses is not uncommon, nor unique to gmail. Gmail has merely implemented it as a form of sub-address, which is far from fake addresses (10 Minute Mail anyone?).

      Any developer whose validation eliminates use of "+" in email addresses is either ignorant to the fact that it's a valid character, or paranoid about visitors who ignore the bulk emails (usually worthless "notices" and/or unsolicited newsletters) they send out.

    • Bane
      November 28, 2007 at 4:22 pm

      Go create a gmail account with $ ' or ! in the address, those are valid too.

      Go look at email validation code, most want just A-z and 0-9, and periods.

  134. mark
    September 16, 2007 at 8:05 pm

    Number one won't work. Filters don't distinguish the dots in the email address. To the filters, the dots are invisible. If you want to filter emails, better to set up a filter according to the sender's email address.

    Number two DOES work though. Although any spammers with an ounce of intelligence will remove everything after the "+". I use the "+" method all the time to send emails to myself to different filters. So book reviews I like get emailed to myself at username+bookreviews@gmail.com and so on.

    • Scott
      November 27, 2007 at 4:31 am

      Beg to differ on point 1, have tested it and it was filtered successfully with an extra dot in my address.

  135. Alpesh
    September 16, 2007 at 6:34 pm

    Good One !!!

    • mroblivious1bmf
      November 21, 2007 at 4:27 pm

      Not impressed.

    • JackBook.Com
      November 22, 2007 at 8:24 pm

      yeah, knew this for a long time ago,
      but still makeuseof.com has a really good style to tell this story to their readers.
      i love their entertaining writing.
      that is something taht i have to learn.
      thanks

    • Yesh
      April 3, 2009 at 8:51 pm

      I have known this for a good long time. Another great feature is that you can add +anything to the end of your gmail. For example:

      somebody+spam@gmail.com

      This isn't allowed by all website's forms however, some flag a + as an invalid character.

    • Nevi
      May 7, 2008 at 8:13 am

      Then show us something mr badass.Remarks like yours is a typical sign of mr knowitall.Know the type.

    • Ali
      June 2, 2009 at 6:15 pm

      I don't really see how this is orignal. I mean it is and everything its just kinda weird. And who cares.

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