When you choose a Gmail address, you actually get more than just “firstname.lastname@example.org.” Here are two different ways you can modify your Gmail address and still get your mail:
- Append a plus (“+”) sign and any combination of words or numbers after your email address. For example, if your name was email@example.com, you could send mail to firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com. This email will be delivered to your account, and you will see where it was sent, allowing you to categorize such emails.
- Insert one or several dots (“.”) anywhere in your email address. Gmail doesn’t recognize periods as characters in addresses — it just ignores them. For example, you could tell people your address was firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org. There has been some confusion about this in the past, but to settle it once and for all, you can indeed receive mail at all the variations with dots.