2 Secret ways to get more from your Gmail Address

Posted by Shailendra Doke | Mar 6, 2008

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After revealing the use and benefits of Personal Level Indicators in Gmail nearly two days ago. Robby Stein, Associate Product Marketing Manager of Gmail recently discovered some little-known ways to use your Gmail address that can give you greater control over your inbox and save you some time and headache.

Below tips will teach you how to make use of your gmail address beyond you@gmail.com.

Here are the two secret ways you can modify your Gmail Address and still get emails.

  1. Append a plus ("+") sign and any combination of words or numbers after your email address. suppose you are having gmail address you@gmail.com, you could send or receive emails on you+friends@gmail.com or you+business@gmail.com.
  2. Insert one or several dots (".") anywhere in your email address. Gmail doesn't recognize periods as characters in addresses -- it just ignore them. Again suppose you have gmail address you@gmail.com, you could tell people your address as y.o.u@gmail.com or y.ou@gmail.com you can add wherever you want the dot in your username.

You will receive all emails sent to your modified gmail address at your original email address.

The most useful feature of this is to filter out emails very easily and quickly. Robby Stein explains it as

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 hikingfan+bank@gmail.com when you sign up for online banking and then set up a filter to automatically star, archive or label emails addressed to hikingfan+bank. You can also use this when you register for a service and think they might share your information. For example, I added "+donation" when I gave money to a political organization once, and now when I see emails from other groups to that address, I know how they got it. Solution: filtered to auto-delete.


Related: Personal Level Indicators in Gmail


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