gmail email accounts -- this doesn't make sense -- or does it?...

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I created a gmail email acct that was this...
firstnamelastname.services@gmail.com

So far, so good.

Then, when I went to ALSO create another gmail acct. that was...
firstnamelastnameservices@gmail.com (no dot),
google told me that was already registered.

And, when I log into the account WITH the dot, it leads where it should.
But otherwise google treat it as if there is NO difference between the acct WITH the dot and the acct WITHOUT the dot. So,as far as I can tell, google thinks those (two different) accounts are ONE AND THE SAME!

Can that be?

It makes no difference is the dot is there or not -- it's all treated as if it's one acct?!?

Anyone know about how google treats "the dot"? Seems to make no difference if the dot is there, or not.

-- TW
  • Profile picture of the author Mark Singletary
    Dots don't matter as far as account names according to Google. https://support.google.com/mail/answer/10313?hl=en

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  • Profile picture of the author enjamulahsan
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    You can try with other usernames. And if the same thing happens. Then You can contact with google support.
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    • Profile picture of the author David Beroff
      Originally Posted by enjamulahsan View Post

      You can try with other usernames. And if the same thing happens. Then You can contact with google support.
      Or you can just read the page that Mark posted above, and see that it's expected behavior!
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    • Profile picture of the author David Beroff
      Originally Posted by TimothyW View Post

      Does seem odd though, doesn't it?
      When GMail started in 2004 by giving away a whole gig of free, Web-based email, that seemed mighty odd at the time, too.
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  • Profile picture of the author Dan Riffle
    If I recall correctly - and it's been awhile since Gmail rolled out - I think the idea behind the periods was that you could use them to track the origination of spam.


    Let's say your email address is Claudelovesprettyponies@gmail.com. You then sign up for a newsletter with the address Claude.lovesprettyponies@gmail.com. If you start getting spam directed to Claude.lovesprettyponies@gmail.com, you know the origin. You can also filter anything sent to that address straight to trash.


    At least I think that was the original intent. The Big G's spam filters have gotten so much better that I barely pay attention anymore.
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    • Profile picture of the author Kurt
      Originally Posted by Dan Riffle View Post

      If I recall correctly - and it's been awhile since Gmail rolled out - I think the idea behind the periods was that you could use them to track the origination of spam.


      Let's say your email address is Claudelovesprettyponies@gmail.com. You then sign up for a newsletter with the address Claude.lovesprettyponies@gmail.com. If you start getting spam directed to Claude.lovesprettyponies@gmail.com, you know the origin. You can also filter anything sent to that address straight to trash.


      At least I think that was the original intent. The Big G's spam filters have gotten so much better that I barely pay attention anymore.
      I not positive it was specifically to track spam? But it is to be able to create multiple email addresses from a single gmail account, which can be used for a number of reasons.
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    • Profile picture of the author lanfear63
      Originally Posted by Dan Riffle View Post

      If I recall correctly - and it's been awhile since Gmail rolled out - I think the idea behind the periods was that you could use them to track the origination of spam.


      Let's say your email address is Claudelovesprettyponies@gmail.com. You then sign up for a newsletter with the address Claude.lovesprettyponies@gmail.com. If you start getting spam directed to Claude.lovesprettyponies@gmail.com, you know the origin. You can also filter anything sent to that address straight to trash.


      At least I think that was the original intent. The Big G's spam filters have gotten so much better that I barely pay attention anymore.
      I think your naive to think that Claude is that discerning in his choice of ponies.
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  • Originally Posted by TimothyW View Post

    I created a gmail email acct that was this...
    firstnamelastname.services@gmail.com

    So far, so good.

    Then, when I went to ALSO create another gmail acct. that was...
    firstnamelastnameservices@gmail.com (no dot),
    google told me that was already registered.

    And, when I log into the account WITH the dot, it leads where it should.
    But otherwise google treat it as if there is NO difference between the acct WITH the dot and the acct WITHOUT the dot. So,as far as I can tell, google thinks those (two different) accounts are ONE AND THE SAME!

    Can that be?

    It makes no difference is the dot is there or not -- it's all treated as if it's one acct?!?

    Anyone know about how google treats "the dot"? Seems to make no difference if the dot is there, or not.

    -- TW
    TW,

    Actually, I created a GMail account with some initials that DIDN'T include a period. Then I tried to create a "NEW" account which included a period (.) as well, just to make sure that someone couldn't try to "impersonate" me (I don't know why ANYONE would, but nonetheless), it said that that account was already registered. Phew!

    So, in my humble opinion, IT'S A GOOD THING (as Martha Stewart would also say)

    Cheers,

    JMB
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