Google: Stop Worrying About the Period in Your Gmail Address – “It Doesn’t Matter”

Many of us have email addresses with a period between our first and last name. And as responsible internet users, we make sure to add this period when sending out emails and giving our address to others. However, did you know that Gmail simply ignores these periods?

In fact, the Google help page contains a statement regarding the dots in which they claim that you can add or remove as many periods as you like.

For example, if your email address is donaldtrump@gmail.com, you own all the dotted versions of the address.

donald.trump@gmail.com

don.ald.tr.ump@gmail.com

d.o.n.a.l.d.t.r.u.m.p@gmail.com

Nevertheless, if your workplace uses a Gmail address, avoid putting dots in the work email – the feature is only applicable to @gmail.com email addresses (it won't work with custom domain names and their email addresses).

Apparently, most online services are concerned about the dots used in their relevant addresses. However, Gmail and Facebook are the only few who don’t care about username dots as studied by Slate writer Will Oremus.

A secret spam address

Nevertheless, did you know that the periods in your email address could also help categorize your inbox? Since the dots provide users with an alternate email address, you can conveniently pick one and make it your defacto spam address.

Take for example the email address donald.trump@gmail.com that is used as a primary account. However, when giving out your email address to someone who might potentially spam you, give him or her the don.ald.tr.ump@gmail.com address.

Moving on, from your Gmail settings you can create a folder/filter so all emails sent to the spam email address are saved in that folder automatically. Extra periods in an email address can also be added to sign up for a second account on a website without creating a new account.

Stop worrying about the period (AKA dot) in your Gmail address — Google says it doesn't matter

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