Gmail Alias Tricks

May 1, 2008 at 2:38 pm | Posted in Internet, Online services, Web Apps | Leave a comment

There are quite a few great tricks you can use in tools like Gmail, an email program. Sites like this compile lists of them.

Ran into a few recently that were interesting.

Firstly, Gmail ignores capitalization and periods in the email address. So if your email address is fredflint@gmail.com, then the following will also work fine:
FredFlint@gmail.com
fred.flint@gmail.com
Fred.Flint@gmail.com
fre.Df.l.inT@gmail.com

Gmail will ignore everything after a + sign, so you can use special aliases for certain purposes, then filter the incoming mail to flag mail from your girlfriend, boss, or other source. Note that some databases won’t cope with a + sign. And its not the greatest trick for anti-spam as spammers know the trick. But the following will come to your Gmail account to:
fred.flint+work@gmail.com
fred.flint+linux386.55z@gmail.com

And finally, gmail .com = goooglemail.com. So fred.flint@gmail.com = fred.flint@googlemail.com
This can be filtered in similar ways.

Currently my Gmail account can hold almost 6,700 MB and can take attachments up to 20 MB in size. (assuming the mail server of the recipient can also take it.) I dumped my domain email accounts as they had fewer features, less flexibility and cost me.

Even if you are happy with your current account, you may want a Gmail account for use on public sites. Its spam filters are excellent and it can easily be set to forward to your other account after being filtered. That will keep a regular account much clearer of spam.

David

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