The Dot, Plus, and Googlemail Gmail Hacks

Here are some neat things regarding Google’s email I’ve found recently. They might not be new, but I think I need to jot them down here so I won’t forget these tips. These hacks could be helpful for fighting or tracing spam.

The Dot

Apparently, Gmail does not recognize the dot (or capitalization either) in gmail addresses. So is the same as and all the different combinations are sent to your inbox.

The Plus

Did you know you have an unlimited amount of aliases with Gmail? You can receive messages that are sent to For example, if you forced to register online, you can use If you start getting spam, you ‘ll know who gave your address away and you can probably then set up a filter to automatically direct those messages to, oh, say, THE TRASH.

Of course, I don’t want to forget that is also the same as Mail from either address goes to your inbox. This is probably because they can’t use in Europe. Just a reminder though, you’ll need to login with the original address you signed up with and some websites won’t accept symbols as valid email addresses. Still, I think these are pretty neat tricks.


kurt April 18, 2008 Reply

yea! thanks for posting this!

Aalaap Ghag May 1, 2008 Reply

Sweetness! Didn't know about the hack. Yipee, now I have yet another alias! :)

Not true April 22, 2009 Reply

I am not leaving my real email address (spammers), but rest assured it has a dot in it, and someone else has the email address just like mine but with out a dot. Most of the time since my email account was created first their email gets routed to me. It sucks!

Talk to me, Goose.

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