This is kind of worrying. My email address is email@example.com, but I’ve received an email for firstname.lastname@example.org (no dot). And this is the second time it’s happened.
On the other hand, it’s interesting to know that I share my name with an attractive female bodybuilder.
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That happens to me too…If you have name.name, no one else can have namename. I share my name with someone who organises church fetes. Who has a nephew who loves to send sweet messages to his tannie.
The same thing happens to me often with the googlemail equivalent of my gmail address. Apparently that version of me sings in the church choir and has soccer playing munchkins. O_o
What’s really strange is that when I signed up for my fake US iTunes account, I used email@example.com specifically so that all relevant emails would still come through to me. This is a known issue with gmail.
My email-doppelganger is a part of an American skollie-patrollie PTA group. You must KNOW how awesome those chain mails are…
PS: Totally glad you’re still alive to blog about these random things, by the way. Got chills when I read your previous post last week.
Thanks Sheena. Me too!
Just yesterday I got a mail from someone (with my gran’s name and surname!) with old pics of some kids, telling me I look the same as I did when I was a child. Gran is in a home with no computer access (and she has no PC literacy herself), so it kind of freaked me out. It’s also not like I have an e-mail address you can easily mistake for another.
My name.name and my namename gmail accounts both arrive in my inbox, even though I never signed up for the latter? Strange!
It is actually a “feature” of google and a lot of other mail services. The server ignores any .’s in the address so simon@… is the same as s.i.m.o.n@
Another useful trick with gmail is the +. Let’s say u are signing up to a website. You are worried that they might sell your email address but if they did how would you know? Like this:
firstname.lastname@example.org could also be amanda.name+NAMEOFCOMPANY@gmail.com
Gmail will accept mail for you with +anything added to the end of the bit before the @
Try it out. Very useful when a company “shares” your email addy.
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