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Special character hacks for Gmail addresses

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Yesterday, my co-worker Matt told me about some Gmail tricks I hadn’t heard of. Well, one is a trick, and one is just “nice to know”.

Gmail will ignore (some, all?) punctuation in email addresses. So bob.smith@gmail.com is the same as bobsmith@gmail.com. (That’s the nice to know part).

Furthermore, text after a plus sign is ingored. So, when you sign up for a new service, you can use a unique email address. You could sign up for amazon.com using bobsmith+amazon.com. All your mail will be routed to the same place, but you can block certain services and track who gives your email to spammers.

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  1. “you can block certain services and track who gives your email to spammers”

    well, as long as they don’t just filter out the +part