The dots in Gmail Id are for fun???

Is this a bug or a feature????  ❓ 😕 So, basically it doesn’t reeeaaallly matter if I have dots in my userid or not??? Ok. Suppose my mail id really does contain dots, then what happens? (Stupid question???)

Gmail doesn’t recognize dots (.) as characters within a username. This way, you can add and remove dots to your username for desired address variations. messages sent to and are delivered to the same inbox, since the characters in the username are the same.

Keep in mind that hyphens (-) and underscores (_) can’t be used in a Gmail address. Also, usernames are case insensitive, so it doesn’t matter if you enter upper case or lower case letters.

If you created your account with a dot in your username and you wish you hadn’t, you can change your ‘Reply-to address.’ To change your reply-to address:

  1. Click ‘Settings’ at the top of any Gmail page.
  2. Enter your without a dot in the ‘Reply-to address’ field.
  3. Click ‘Save Changes.’

When you log in to Gmail, you need to enter any dots that were originally defined as part of your username. Note: Google Apps for Your Domain does recognize dots. If you’d like to receive mail with a dot (.) in your username, please ask your domain administrator to add the desired username as a nickname in your user account.

[ Gmail: Help Center ]

  1. #1 by Evoreal Team on June 3, 2007 - 3:40 pm

    yahoo has dots too

  2. #2 by M Viswanathan on October 11, 2008 - 7:58 am

    It was a revelation !

    I was confused when I got an email with no dot in my email id.
    The investigation was required since the email itself was wrongly addressed to me.

    In fact, when some one was surprised that i got the email id exactly as my name (not viswanthan8890 etc.), my explanation was than I used the dot. Now I know that it is not so.


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  4. #4 by Marlin Lachance on April 26, 2009 - 3:19 pm

    Wow! Thank you! I always wanted to write in my site something like that. Can I take part of your post to my blog?

  5. #5 by Blake Lamar on April 27, 2009 - 6:20 am

    Wow! what an idea ! What a concept ! Beautiful .. Amazing

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