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May 22, 2014

Gmail doesn't see the period between words


I've long since lost count of the number of people I know whose Gmail addresses are abc.def@gmail.com.

Guess what?

abc.def@gmail.com is the same as abcdef@gmail.com.

Don't believe me?

Try sending two emails to any Gmail address, one with and one without a period (or periods, as the case may be).

They'll both end up in the same inbox.


"Less is more" is not just a famous quote.

May 22, 2014 at 04:01 AM | Permalink


I use the dot as punctuation. it makes my long and to some people, hard to fathom email name slightly easier. I used to use dots in different places to find out which sites were spamming me. but spam filtering is so much better now I can't remember when I last had an email telling me I was sole heir to billions. Some days I feel nostalgic for all those offers of Saddam's gold.

Posted by: soubriquet | May 23, 2014 1:10:19 AM

I love this. Another thing gmail offers is the ability to add a label to abc.def@gmail.com using "+". For example, you can use abc.def+travel@gmail.com when booking trips, so that you can easily find all those emails. Or, if I sign up at a site I don't really trust I add +sitename, so that I can easily track what sites that aren't so keen on keeping their clients email addresses private.

Posted by: Pippi | May 22, 2014 7:10:17 PM

Unfortunately, if you sign up on a site with the dots, most sites won't recognize you without the dots, so you have to remember if you signed up with them before you knew about the dots or after.

Posted by: Carol Feldman | May 22, 2014 1:23:28 PM

I have a friend who constantly (several times a day) receives email for someone with her identical email address firstnamelastname@gmail.com -- but with the dot between the first and last names -- who lives in a different state. Now we know why.

Posted by: Katherine @ Grass Stains | May 22, 2014 9:49:04 AM

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