A Secret Trick for Gmail Users

Here is a great technology tip for Gmail users. It's a 'must know' tip!You know, most of the things that I write about are activities that grandparents can do with grandkids to strengthen their relationship.

Today I have something just for you, Dear Grandma Readers. It’s a technology tip that I think you’ll find really useful.

There are many freebies on the Internet.  Freebies makes the world go ’round.  (And you thought it was love . . . )

However, with some of those freebies, there is a big drawback — you have to give your e-mail address to get that freebie.  Once you give your address, you are inundated up the wazoo with spam from whomever gave you the freebie.  I guess it’s a tit-for-tat situation: I give you my freebie and you give me your e-mail address. We’re even Steven.

Sometimes that stinks.

But, if you use Gmail, there is a secret trick that you can use.  Wanna know what it is?  I thought so.

But first a little history.  Not much.  Just a snippet.  (Knowing this will help you understand the little secret trick that I am about to share.)

When Google was expanding to Europe, they ran into a little snafu.  ‘Gmail’ was already being used by a rival service.  That meant there were trademark issues with using ‘gmail.’ To get around those issues, Google created @googlemail.com  Everybody was happy.

And this is where, my friend, this little trick comes in.

Use the @googlemail.com alias!

Here is a great technology tip for Gmail users. It's a 'must know' tip!Let’s say my regular Gmail address was ms. smartypants@gmail.com.  My alias would be ms. smartypants@googlemail.com.  Messages sent to that e-mail address will be forwarded to my regular Gmail account.

Then, I can set up a filter in Gmail that will sort messages to that address into a separate folder. That way, if the giver-outer of that freebie spams you or sells that e-mail address to someone else, your inbox isn’t swamped by messages from those pesky people. Sweet, huh?

Here’s secret trick number two.  (I know the title of this post is ‘a secret trick’ which numerically means ‘one’ secret.  But I’m feeling generous today.  Here’s a second one.  Aren’t I nice?  I think so, too.)

Let’s look at my original Gmail address: ms. smartypants@gmail.com.  You can add the plus sign (+) and another word and then messages sent to that address will get sent to your original Gmail account.  So, here’s an example of another type of alias that you can create:


You get the idea.

I know some people just make up something bogus for the required e-mail (e.g. somebody@somewhere.com).  Anybody who is anybody knows that the system is just looking for an @ sign.  It doesn’t care what comes before or after it.  As long as it has the @ sign, you’re good to go.

But what happens in the situation that they will send you a confirmation to your e-mail account that you have to respond to before you get your freebie?  If you put in gibberish for your e-mail address, you’re up a creek without a paddle, mate.

So if there will be a confirmation that you need to respond to, use one of these two secret tips.  When you get  your confirmation e-mail, respond to it, get your freebie, and then never look at that folder again.  Unless you are going in to delete all of the messages you get.

Now.  Go out there.  Sign up for all of those freebies to your heart’s content — and don’t worry about having tons and tons of pesky junk e-mail.

12 thoughts on “A Secret Trick for Gmail Users

  • Nina Lewis Post author


    Knowing this trick, maybe you’ll be more willing to get some of those things you have avoided before!


  • Nina Lewis Post author

    Hi Ruthie,

    Thanks so much for dropping by — and especially for your wonderful comment about knowing technology and my humor. Sometimes, my kids don’t appreciate my humor so it’s nice to know that others do! 🙂

    All the best,

  • Ruthie Gray

    Wow, a fellow Gigi who knows her technology (and freebies)! This is a valuable tip, thanks for sharing with us at Tuesday Talk! Following you on Pinterest now!

    (I enjoy your rad humor, btw.)

  • Jennifer

    What a great tip! I can’t stand it when my email account gets junked up! Thanks so much for posting on Waiting on…Wednesday!

  • Karren Haller

    Wow I did not know this and think it is a great way to keep people from selling our emails.
    I have shared on Twitter. Hope you get some comments.

    Thank you for stopping by this week to share this tip on #OMHGWW
    Hope you have a great week!
    And Happy Mother’s Day!!

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