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Almost everyone has a gmail address these days, but almost nobody knows that there are things you can do with your gmail address that can help you keep track of things like who is selling your email address or helps you make your gmail address more readable. Here are some tips to help you take advantage of these things.

Google ignores periods in your email address

Most people don’t know that they can add a period in their email address anywhere, and they will still receive the message. For instance, if you have an email address such as “This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.”, you can change that to “This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.” and you will still be able to receive your email. This allows you to make things look a bit more readable, or allows you to categorize emails. You can add as many periods as you want, so “This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.” will still show up in your This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. mailbox.

Now, if you have an address that is hosted by Google, but is for a company or institution, such as a school, you can’t take advantage of this, but if it is just a plain Jane gmail address, use as many dots as you like.

Send mail @googlemail.com instead

Google not only uses gmail.com but also googlemail.com. The latter is more common in other countries, but here in the US, you can still use it. So, instead of giving someone an email address like “This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.”, you can give them “This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.”. It will come into the same mailbox, but you can see that it is someone you have given the googlemail.com address to.

Google ignores everything after a plus sign (+)

I believe this one is the most useful of all of these tips, and it is so helpful.  Let’s say that you want to see who sells your email address to spammers. Whenever you give your email to a different site, just add +sitename.com to the end of your email prefix. For instance, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. becomes This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Whenever someone sends you email to that email address, you will know exactly which company sold your email to spammers.

By using these tips, along with labels, you can have gmail automatically sort these emails into different folders, and you can more easily catch people using your email for things you don’t want them to use it for.