gmail addressing




A couple of weeks ago, one of our CyerNotes articles discussed how to use the filters in Gmail. One of the tips we gave talked about using “plus addressing” in which sending an email to username+blah@gmail.com is the same as sending an email to username@gmail.com. The benefit to this is that when you’re signing up for different services, you can use a + address (a combo of words or numbers after your email address) and easily filter those emails. The example Ryan gave was this:

You could use an address username+amazon@gmail.com for all of your Amazon purchases. Then in the “To” field use the username+amazon@gmail.com to filter the emails sent from them

The only problem with this method is that some sites do not support using a plus sign in an email field (Facebook is one example). Luckily, there’s yet another way that you can filter email addresses and that’s by using one or several dots. These dots can appear anywhere in the email address so for example, you could do the following and it would still work:

  • user.name@gmail.com
  • usernam.e@gmail.com
  • u.sername@gmail.com

You get the idea, don’t you? Once you apply filters to any of these variations, you can have them automatically be labeled, starred, and/or archived which can make your life that much simpler. The Gmail Blog wrote about this earlier today, so we know for sure that these are confirmed methods for addressing in Gmail.

Note: If you need a refresher on how to set-up filters in Gmail, we recommend reading this article.