The OTHER Google Plus

posted Jul 6, 2011, 3:29 PM by Ezra Kenigsberg   [ updated Jan 16, 2020, 7:54 AM ]

#DataTipOfTheDay 2011-07-06

Q: "How can I make my username always match my email address?"

A: An underrated, undocumented feature of Gmail is that it tolerates extra characters in your email address; take, for instance some arbitrary email address, You could reach that same recipient by emailing any of the following addresses:

In a nutshell:
  1. Gmail addresses tolerate a plus sign followed by any sequence of letters, numbers, periods, and underscores after your username and before the @ symbol.
  2. Gmail addresses tolerate periods anywhere before the @ symbol.
The awesome part of this feature is it enables easy searching of emails. Let's say you have an org you call "NewKillerApp". If you put +NewKillerApp in the username and email address you use for this org, you can later search on "+NewKillerApp" in your Gmail to find all the emails specifically related to that org.

Thanks to Dell's Luis Botero for reminding me of this cool feature!