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If you're telling people that your email address is something like firstname.lastname@example.org, then my friend, you've been wrong for your whole life because these dots which you put in your email address don't matter. Yeah, you read it right. Do you think your whole life has been a lie? Yeah, probably.
Because Google came up with this logic years ago, when they built Gmail. Also, I'll tell you why it is very important to know that a dot doesn't matter and how can you use it for better management of your email id?
So, let's find out.
According to Gmail forums, "Gmail doesn't recognize dots as characters within usernames, you can add or remove the dots from a Gmail address without changing the actual destination address."
so email@example.com also works fine.
To avoid spams. But how?
Well, next time when you give away your email address, put a little '+' between your email address and if you start getting the emails from other mailing lists, then check the recipient address. If you find that '+' sign there, then now you know who sold your information to spammers.
These tricks don't work for Yahoo mail. Also, Yahoo does recognize dot in the email address.
On the latest version of the Gmail app, you can read and send mail from all your email addresses - even if they're not @gmail.