GMail Trick

GMail Trick

Unlike most webmail services (e.g. Live mail or Yahoo mail), with GMail, you can actually do pretty neat stuff with your email address. For instance, did you know that you could put the + sign in your email, and still receive emails as per normal? So if your email address was yourname@gmail.com, you could actually send an email to yourname+testing@gmail.com, and still receive your mails! This is because Gmail doesn’t recognize anything after the + sign.

GMail does record that particular email address though. To see it, just click on the “Show Details” link to expand the email header. You’ll be able to see the email address to which it was sent.

This trick is useful when you want to track email addresses. For instance, you could give out yourname+your_school@gmail.com to your school-related stuff, and yourname+work@gmail.com for work related stuff. If you want to see who uses a particular email address, you can tag it, maybe with a descriptive phrase or even a number like this: yourname+124@gmail.com.

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By |2009-09-23T04:06:16+00:00June 5th, 2008|Tutorials & Tips|2 Comments

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Alvin Poh lives in Singapore, and is interested in marketing, techy stuff, and likes to just figure out how the two can work with each other. He can also be found on Google+.

2 Comments

  1. Aditya June 18, 2008 at 2:51 am - Reply

    Neat trick indeed!
    In addition, gmail is also dot-blind (another convenient bug)

    meaning:
    youraddress@gmail.com is the same as
    your.address@gmail.com
    y.o.u.r.a.d.d.r.e.s.s@gmail.com
    ….youraddress@gmail.com
    youraddress….@gmail.com

    Though limited, this can be useful when you want categorize your incoming mail like what is described in your post but for some reason you cannot supply email address with ‘+’ sign (eg. automated form etc)

  2. Kri March 18, 2009 at 3:47 pm - Reply

    Haha ^^ nice, is there a section to follow the RSS feed

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