Gmail Tips

I just found “this post”:http://blog.outer-court.com/archive/2004_06_26_index.html#108825308795611349 with tips for Gmail users. I’ll quote it here. It’s very useful, if you have a Gmail account. If you have not, let me know (by e-mailing or commenting and I’ll send you an invite — I still got 10 left):

*Fuzzy Addresses*

You might have a Gmail address like the following one:

* firstname.lastname@gmail.com

In that case, all of the following email addresses will also work for you:

* firstnamelastname@gmail.com
* FirstnameLastname@gmail.com
* f.irstnamelastname@gmail.com

You get the idea – dots don’t matter, neither does case. Gmail is fuzzy enough to allow people to misspell your address.

*Address Categories*

Another interesting detail is you can use the plus character to sort your mail. The following will all land in your inbox:

* firstname.lastname+public@gmail.com
* firstname.lastname+spam@gmail.com
* firstname.lastname+family@gmail.com

All of these will arrive. You can then add filters to sort them automatically. You can have a very public address like the following which you change every few months, deleting older ones:

* firstname.lastname+newsgroups2004@gmail.com
* firstname.lastname+newsgroups2005@gmail.com

So in 2005, you could delete all incoming mails for the address “firstname.lastname+newsgroups2004@gmail.com” because they are not relevant to you anymore.

Note that when I tried out above Gmail addresses and checked if I would receive them, I used my Hotmail account. Sending mails to myself from within Gmails did not work.

“Full post”:http://blog.outer-court.com/archive/2004_06_26_index.html#108825308795611349.