Posted on 06 March 2008
I had been using GMail for over two and half years now. But, still there are many
tricks that you need to learn. It was one such day today, when I came to know the
power (or insignificance) of a DOT in the GMail email address. May be I will take
an example to start with. My email address happens to be
[email protected]. Preventing
spammers gain access to email address is so tough ;)
Now guess what would happen if some one was to send an email to
[email protected]. Logically and with any other email service, the email would be
sent to some one with that address and not to me. Right! WRONG! This is where GMail
makes a difference. GMail does not recognizes DOT in email addresses before the AT
This mean that email addresses like
sandypec, sandy.pec, san.dy.pec, s.a.n.d.y.p.e.c are all one and the same. Yes, they are!
So an email sent to an address, which after stripping all DOTS, leads to ‘sandypec’ as
the address part, would always be delivered to me.
May of you would think of it as a bug or a limitation of GMail, where-in it is not able
to assign addresses to people. NO! It is an advantage, a boon for users like you and me.
Now I can configure multiple email addresses all in one email box. So, say I have one
primary address as
sandy.pec, I can use
sandypec while registering for some online
community and then redirect all emails coming to
sandypec as the address into a folder,
aka tags using filters (and of course, auto archive). Similarly you can register
as another email address for those register-only forums, and redirect all emails to trash :)
Well, this seems a bit difficult to use dots to achieve this functionality. How can one
remember what email address has he/she configured or not? There is a solution to this
too. GMail has another bug or to say feature, where-in it strips down all characters
after a PLUS
+ symbol in an email address. So an address like
sandypec+online is stripped down to
sandypec and delivered to my mail box
Isn’t this cool. So now I can have email addresses like
sandypec+mobilebillfor registering email bills
sandypec+bankingfor bank registeration
sandypec+trashfor emails whose destination should be trash
sandypec+forumsfor all technical forums and groups.
This should help an average user keep his mails sorted and box clean. Wow! A nice thought-of feature from Google.
TIP: Configure all emails to go into trash box if there is no DOT in the email address.
Reason - Well, spammers would also read this, and know that in case of GMail addresses, they
can strip down DOTS and PLUS to make their email reach inbox. In case of
sandypec they will
never ever know where to place the DOT or a PLUS to make it to inbox. For it’s you and me
who know that I am
Hope this helps.