PostPoints tip: Two (or more) Gmail addresses for the price of one
If you have an account on Google's free Gmail e-mail service, you can get more use out of that account by creating extra Gmail addresses that all funnel mail to the same inbox--a helpful thing if, say, you'd like to give one address out to companies and another to friends. How? When you give out your Gmail address, insert a period somewhere in it--say, changing a "firstnamelastname" address to "firstname.lastname." Since Gmail ignores periods in user names, messages sent to that second address will still land in your inbox but can easily be tagged or deleted automatically by one of Gmail's filters. You can also set Gmail to send messages from this new address (click on the Settings link in Gmail, then the Accounts heading).
April 28, 2009; 9:11 AM ET
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