Most web services like Twitter for example require a unique email address for each account you create. What if you want to create two or more accounts, but only have (or want to use) one Gmail address?

You Gmail address has a unique feature. If you put a dot in between any of the letters within your id the email still arrives to the same mailbox. So for example if you email address is: all the below addresses are valid and will arrive to the same inbox:


You can use each to sign up for a different Twitter account and stay organized within one Gmail account.

Here is what Google says about this feature:

Gmail allows only one registration for any given username. Once you sign up for a username, nobody else can sign up for the same username, regardless of whether it contains extra periods or capital letters; those usernames belong to you. If you created, no one can ever register, or Because Gmail doesn’t recognize dots as characters within usernames, you can add or remove the dots from a Gmail address without changing the actual destination address; they’ll all go to your inbox, and only yours.

If you’re, no one owns, except for you. If you’re getting mail addressed to, it’s likely that someone was trying to send a message to, or, and made a mistake. You might even get messages from mailing lists or website registrations because the person who signed up for them accidentally provided your address. In these cases, we suggest contacting the original sender or website when possible to alert them to the mistake.

When you sign in to your account, you can use any configuration of dots in the ‘Username’ field. So, if you originally signed up for, you can sign in with ‘’.

via: Ivan’s Blog

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  3. Better way of doing this which has worked with GMail (and google apps) for years (and now many other providers):

    They will all be delivered to the johndoe address


    • An1ken says:

      Thanks for the Heads up on that, Would be a good bet to do it that way, and then just keep track of which letter you used for what service. Thanks

  4. Cameron says:

    Hey Bro,
    Nice article – you can actually have anything after the plus, so not just a single character..
    You can effectively have:
    and they’ll all come through to It’s a great way to quickly find out if a service has given/sold your email address away too, which is handy, and obviously lets you track exactly wh0se using what email addy – especially when you use it in conjunction with filters and labels..
    :) nice post, otherwise – I keep forgetting about doing this with multiple accounts, etc – would work great for WordPress, and other similar email-based login sites.

  5. Small ideas says:

    Finally I got solution. Thanks!

  6. Ethan says:

    Wow, I never knew that. Great post:) Also great idea from Cameron. Thanks!

  7. Ethan says:

    I’ve been good :) Yeah we’ll talk soon.
    How do I register on here so it has a display pic and everything?

    • An1ken says:

      No need to register, you need to get yourself signup their and fill out your portfolio/bio that links with most of our blogs comments and your email address will display your picture. Subscribe to the RSS to stay updated, that is the RSS ICON on the right side.

  8. Gloria says:

    A similar idea if you want to assign different emails for a more professional feel to your blog or website and are using google mail is this….
    and they all come right to your inbox :)

  9. thats pretty usefull although I now have about 7 email addresses after years of too much surfing.
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