Gmail + aliases

August 29th, 2008 by Leandro Morgado

Gmail has a cool nifty feature. It allows you to use append a string to your email address and still receive it. For example, say your email address is username@gmail.com. If mail is sent to username+string@gmail.com you will still receive it in your regular inbox.

Why is this useful? Some might use this to combat spam, but personally I think Gmail’s spam filter does the job.

What is really neat is that you can use Gmail filters on username+string@gmail.com to automatically label or star an email. For example, say everytime you apply for at a job board, you give out the username+jobapplications@gmail.com address. You can then apply a label filter to have all your job application related emails neatly organized with a “Jobs” label.