Gmail addresses are pretty cool, but you actually have more of them than you think you do, even if you only have one account.
Add a Dot Anywhere
Does your Gmail address have a period in it somewhere? Many people find that their full name is available if they space it out with a period. "My Example Name" would turn into something like firstname.lastname@example.org because Gmail addresses can't have spaces. As it turns out, my.example.name@gmail is the same as email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org. That's because the periods don't matter to Google at all. They're just filtered out.
You can sometimes use this to your advantage if you want to register for something using the same email address more than once. I've used this to register separate family accounts on websites that ask for email addresses but don't actually email anything. Some sites are savvy enough to pick up on the fact that all those email addresses can be used to stock an entire sock puppet army, so it's not always going to work.
Add Some Information Plus
Not only can you add a dot anywhere and still get email at that address, you can also add a secret tag. You can add a plus sign and another word, such as email@example.com. That's still going to go to myexamplename@gmail - the same address as the previous examples. The difference is that you can now target that address for automatic filtering.
- Go into Settings: Filters.
- Click on Create a new filter.
- In the To: blank, type in the email address plus tag, such as firstname.lastname@example.org.
- You could do anything to your message through the filter, but I'd suggest checking the box next to Apply the label:
- Choose an appropriate label.
- If you already have messages at this address, you can have the filter apply to all previous messages as well.
That's it. With this new-found knowledge, you could register different addresses at different sites in order to filter your results. Print business cards with tags. Give clients different tags for different projects. The sky is the limit.
You could even use this trick to filter out spam. If you sign up for a contest, use a specific tag and then add a filter to send those messages straight to the trash when the contest is over.