TIP: Using GMail +

Posted on January 20, 2008. Filed under: Tip |

GMail (and some other email providers) supports the ‘+’ directive in email addresses.

Thus, if your GMail address is:

barackobama@gmail.com

Then, emails sent to the following address will reach you as well:

barackobama+temp@gmail.com

Based on the email address sent to, you can set automatic spam filtering or other rules.

This is handy for signing up on web sites, since you can choose a new email address for each, and then if you are being spammed deal with it (and know who it was that handed out your details).

barackobama+oprahclubsignup@gmail.com

It’s also handy for creating multiple test accounts when testing your web site as different users.

(Note: unfortunately a few web site validators don’t like the ‘+’ character, so this won’t always be an option)

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