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- email@example.com, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org you sent me the mail at email@example.com, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org (with no periods in it)
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. email@example.com. I’m glad, I got a better one now- firstname.lastname@example.org , 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.