If you have a gmail account like the cool kids these days, then there is an amazing feature that you didn’t know about, it’s the + feature (I’m not sure what google officially calls it), I also like to call it “catch the bastards” feature (explanation coming later).
So what is it about? Basically, you’re allowed to add a keyword, an identifier, a spell, whatever you want to call it after your username in your email address where you separate them with a ‘+’ (plus character).
Here’s an example: Let’s say I want to sign up to a new website, for instance, http://clipboard.com. My email address is “email@example.com”, my username is “gshahine” so when I get asked to enter my email address, I set it to “firstname.lastname@example.org”. Now, when I receive emails from http://clipboard.com, they show up like this
How awesome is that??? I would kiss a goat right now (I look for the slightest excuse by the way )
Now, you might ask me “But Guy, how would this make my life easier?”. Well, few things off the top of my head:
- Making your life easier is up to you and it’s all in your head.
- It allows you to label emails easier, for instance, adding rules for “+family”, “+friends”, “+FYI”…etc
- It might allow you to identify the bastards that sell your email address to entities that want to you suck your fat (ladies) or enlarge your penis (dudes).
- You can sound cheesy, where let’s say a beautiful lady that you just met asked for your email address to stay in touch, “email@example.com, bamm, next thing you’ll realize is having breakfast together.