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Plus Side Addressing

This GMail tip just opened a whole new level of email capability that I have been ignorant of. I feel like I must be living under a rock.

Plus side addressing? Plussed Users (sounds icky)?

I’m not sure the correct term for it, but it basically means using a + character and some variable text between your username and the @ symbol in your address.

joe+something@example.com — or — joe+anything@example.com

You can setup filters in your e-mail client (or Gmail) to handle the incoming mail and send it to various folders, etc. Just nice to have that ability sometimes.

Further reading can be had by following these choice links:

how to use user+box@host addresses
plussed users and spammer e-mail harvesting [kuro5hin.org]
sendmail miscellaneous special features

BTW, I’ve got a few Gmail invites if someone wants one.

Originally published on Monday January 31, 2005 at 1:11 am

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