Bet you’re wondering why there’s a Twitter logo here when I’m talking about Gmail. Well. I’ve just discovered two very useful facts about Gmail. I stumbled upon them by trying to solve a problem with Twitter.
Having just launched a side venture I wanted an additional Twitter account. Now, some might debate whether it’s a good idea to have two Twitter accounts – it’s all about personality after all – but I really did want two, so I could differentiate between me (@dibbledabbles) and my new project (more on that later).
Conundrum: Twitter will not let you register two usernames under one email address.
GAH! Does that mean I need to register a new email account? But that is ridiculous! I can’t maintain two inboxes and two Twitter accounts. Even if I can auto-forward those emails to my main inbox. I can’t believe it. Twitter must be wrong. I shall Google this until I find a solution.
And Google it I did, and found, to my delight, wondrous ways to get around this problem. That’s right: ways. Plural. Twitter’s not solving the problem though, Google is.
Did you know…?
When you sign up for a Gmail account, Google automatically gives you two email addresses: @gmail.com AND @googlemail.com. Emails sent to either address will go to the same inbox.
Furthermore, Google does not recognise dots/points or > . < those in email addresses. Joe.firstname.lastname@example.org is the same to Google mail as email@example.com. Or firstname.lastname@example.org. Fascinating, huh? So that means you can have a multitude of email addresses attributed to one inbox.
Google saves the day. I now have two Twitter accounts, both going to one inbox.
Please share this with your friends to avoid them becoming as momentarily irritated as I was.