Dots and plus signs don’t matter!

Hello everyone,

I recently discovered some little known ways to use your gmail address that can give you greater control over inbox and save you some time and headache. When you choose a gmail address, you can actually get more than just “”. Here are two different ways you can modify your gmail address and still get your mail:

  •  Append a plus “+” sign and any combination of words or numbers after your email address. For example, if your name was, you could send mail to or
  • Insert one or several dots “.” anywhere in your email address. Gmail doesn’t recognize periods as characters in addresses – we just ignore them. For example, you could tell people your address was, or You will receive an email at all variations with dots.

For me, the real value in being able to manipulate your email address is that it makes it really easy to filter on those variants. For example you could use when you sign up for python language tutorials or mailing lists and then set up a filter to automatically star, archive or label email addresses to mrprogrammer+python. You can also use this when you register for a service and think they might share your information. For example, I added “+way2sms” when I signed up to use free messaging service once, and now when I see mails from other advertising groups to that address, I know how they got it.
Solution : filtered to auto-delete.

This really makes life easy and thanks to Google to make such a service.




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