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Monday, May 30, 2011


I was just surfing through my GMAIL account and sending few mails, but in the process something unusual happened. When I researched about it, I discovered some really cool information about the GMAIL (Email) Id’s. 

Yes, my dear friends this is sensational. I discovered that Google employs a very unique algorithm for assigning Email Id’s to any unique user using GMAIL account.
Ok, let me first explain how it works and then you can say “thank you” to me.

Basically in simple words....Google algorithm for Email addresses ignores all the periods (“.” Or “dot”) in the Gmail Id’s. Still don’t get it, ok no worries..let me give an example here.

Suppose my email id is-, now you can see that I have two periods in my so called unique Gmail Id (vivek”.”nanda”.”1). One fine day, you are in a hurry and instead of typing in you sent me the mail at, but do not worry because the email will still come to me as Google’s Email Id algorithm ignores all the periods in the unique Gmail Id. Ok, you still don’t believe then you can try by yourself.

For e.g. your email id is (with no periods in it)
If someone sends a mail at it will still be directed to you at
If someone sends a mail at it will still be directed to you at

Isn’t it cool??
Personally I’m so relieved to discover this new thing about the Gmail id’s because in a country like India, where the population is over 1.21 billion, the name- “Vivek Nanda” is very common and when I created my Gmail account back then I had to rather give up on finding a good unique email id to stick with an annoying email id with 2 periods in it i.e. I’m glad, I got a better one now- , this is far more cooooool…..I’m loving it !!

One last thing: Google Apps does recognize dots. If you'd like to have a dot in your username, please ask your domain administrator to add your preferred username as a nickname.


Asta said...

interesting! thanks for sharing.

SunnyToast said...

Informative post! thank you and have a great day:)


Swati said...

really, i did not know this. Will definitely try it by sending mail from one account to other.

Just one question as you have taken the id as so no one can even take right?

Vivek Nanda said...

@Swati...Yes,no one can take as while creating email ids google construct the unique id by ignoring the periods :)

Vivek Nanda said...

@Asta...thanks :)

@SunnyToast....Glad you found it informative, cheers:)

Tanvi said...

That is quite cool, indeed! :)

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Miss Caitlin S. said...

I had no idea, how cool!!! Gmail is a smart service but even smarter than I thought :)

Anonymous said...

I had no idea. Interesting post. x


I can't comment with my google account, so an anonymous-comment this time

Soumya Kandimalla said...

Say you have an email and there is another person who has or Will the emails find in the wrong inbox?

Vivek Nanda said...

@Soumya, hey welcome :)
Google is real smart at the time of email creation it ignores the period(.) so that your email always remains unique despite the number of dots in the email id. is a unique email id...
but and will belong to same person.

I hope i answered your question.
Thanks for visiting here, cheers :)

Neha Agarwal said...

ummm... nice..
but does this mean that not assigned to anyone else?
Then why didn't you create earlier?
further suppose X has an email id , and Y sends him a mail on then how will google recognize to whom to send this email... whether to you or to X..
share your thoughts...


Aishwarya Nagula said...

WOW. Crazzzzyyyy! :O

Amrut said...

Hi Neha,

This algorithm is applicable if the translated id is unique :)

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