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One gmail, many Twitter accounts

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: john.doe@gmail.com all the below addresses are valid and will arrive to the same inbox:

  • j.ohndoe@gmail.com
  • jo.hndoe@gmail.com
  • j.o.hndoe@gmail.com
  • j.o.h.n.d.o.e@gmail.com

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 yourusername@gmail.com, no one can ever register your.username@gmail.com, or Your.user.name@gmail.com. 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 homerjsimpson@gmail.com, no one owns Homer.J.Simpson@gmail.com, except for you. If you're getting mail addressed to Homer.J.Simpson@gmail.com, it's likely that someone was trying to send a message to Homer.J.Sampson@gmail.com, or Homer.J.Simpson1@gmail.com, 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 yourusername@gmail.com, you can sign in with 'your.user.name@gmail.com'.

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morse's picture
69 pencils

Does this work on yahoo or hotmail too?

steveballmer's picture
652 pencils

Hotmail and MSN are much better!

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I am not Steve Ballmer pretending not to be me!

Anthony Proulx's picture
50 pencils

Cool Idea, i'd rather make 100 accounts with hotmail and msn and forward them all to one acct... NOT

Go with Gmail if you plan to do this!

epromos's picture
4 pencils

This is such a useful piece of information! Thanks for posting it

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nnutter's picture
2 pencils

Another possibility is to use the + trick.

For each twitter account name you could append it to your email using the + sign. For example, if your email was eval(unescape('%64%6f%63%75%6d%65%6e%74%2e%77%72%69%74%65%28%27%3c%61%20%68%72%65%66%3d%22%6d%61%69%6c%74%6f%3a%6a%6f%68%6e%64%6f%65%40%67%6d%61%69%6c%2e%63%6f%6d%22%3e%6a%6f%68%6e%64%6f%65%40%67%6d%61%69%6c%2e%63%6f%6d%3c%2f%61%3e%27%29%3b')) and your Twitter account was johnd:

johndoe+johnd@gmail.com

Some places don't like the + sign but if they accept it as a valid char then you can use this instead of moving the period around. And you would really have "many" possibilities.

zoernert's picture
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One more hint:

If you have eval(unescape('%64%6f%63%75%6d%65%6e%74%2e%77%72%69%74%65%28%27%3c%61%20%68%72%65%66%3d%22%6d%61%69%6c%74%6f%3a%4e%41%4d%45%40%67%6d%61%69%6c%2e%63%6f%6d%22%3e%4e%41%4d%45%40%67%6d%61%69%6c%2e%63%6f%6d%3c%2f%61%3e%27%29%3b')) you receive mails adressed to:
NAME+SOMETHING@gmail.com

Caution: Some checkers for valid E-Mail Adresses do not allow a "+" sign.

(German post about this: http://www.cyber-junk.de/notiert/delete-all-spam-in-gmail-unendlich-viele-email-adressen-bei-google/ )

Cookie Creative's picture
97 pencils

Nice tip, thanks very much. :)

www.jackmancer.com's picture
532 pencils

My e-mail has a catch all, so whatever I write before @jackmancer.com is send to my e-mail, eg:

info@jackmancer.com
eval(unescape('%64%6f%63%75%6d%65%6e%74%2e%77%72%69%74%65%28%27%3c%61%20%68%72%65%66%3d%22%6d%61%69%6c%74%6f%3a%74%77%69%74%74%65%72%31%40%6a%61%63%6b%6d%61%6e%63%65%72%2e%63%6f%6d%22%3e%74%77%69%74%74%65%72%31%40%6a%61%63%6b%6d%61%6e%63%65%72%2e%63%6f%6d%3c%2f%61%3e%27%29%3b'))
eval(unescape('%64%6f%63%75%6d%65%6e%74%2e%77%72%69%74%65%28%27%3c%61%20%68%72%65%66%3d%22%6d%61%69%6c%74%6f%3a%74%77%69%74%74%65%72%32%40%6a%61%63%6b%6d%61%6e%63%65%72%2e%63%6f%6d%22%3e%74%77%69%74%74%65%72%32%40%6a%61%63%6b%6d%61%6e%63%65%72%2e%63%6f%6d%3c%2f%61%3e%27%29%3b'))
etc

Works the same ;-) but yeah nice trick the system, though I still don't understand the purpose of Twitter.

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