I was with a friend whose name is Priyaroop Singh (and let me add that because his name is Priyaroop Singh, brother of Hemdeep Singh, and he’s an IT geek, sooner or later he’ll find this article and post a message here). We were standing outside his place when as usual, technology was is discussion. We spoke about how it started with USA.net, followed with Hotmail and now except Gmail and Yahoo mail, we don’t even like talking about any other email service. So that’s the background.
Priyaroop Singh told me that Google assigns only one username per person irrespective of the dots. What this means is – firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com cannot be 2 different users. If I grab firstname.lastname@example.org, then that’s it, I’ve ruled out anyone ever getting email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org etc. Also, if you were to send an email to email@example.com, it will reach me because I have firstname.lastname@example.org. How cool is that? I didn’t believe him. I think I even owe him a 100 quid for this, but then I came home and checked. Man! This is correct.
So if you have email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org and I sent emails to email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com – they’d all reach you!
Now add to that another exciting thing that I’ve found. If you have firstname.lastname@example.org and I send an email to email@example.com – it will still reach you. That’s your username followed by a “+” (plus) followed by a string without spaces will reach you too!
I hope you find this article as revealing and unbelievable as I first found this fact when Priyaroop Singh first told me. So here’s a big thank you to you Priyaroop Singh and if I ever forget that 100 quid, you can forward me a link to this blog post. Btw, our plan to re-live the movie “Hangover” is still alive and the first round in Vegas will be on me !