Confused!!! -Dot blindness

Posted: December 25, 2007 in Techstuff
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Are Gmail usernames dot sensitive or not? I had this confusion.

If there is a gmail id say geetha[dot]krish@gmail.com and if by mistake if some one sends mail to geethakrish@gmail.com (without dot) it is getting delivered to geetha[dot]krish@gmail.com. I wondered how that is possible. Then Gmail’s help center told me that u.s.e.r.n.a.m.e@gmail.com is same as username@gmail.com.So there cannot be gmail ids like username@gmail.com,user.name@gmail.com,u.s.e.r.name@gmail.com.So gmail usernames are not dot sensitive and only single registration of a particular username is possible.ie., if user[dot]name@gmail.com is already registered we cannot register username@gmail.com(without dot).This is Gmail’s dot-blindness

Logging into gmail is possible only as user[dot]name@gmail.com and not possible as username@gmail.com (without dot) though the mail delivery is possible when TO field is username@gmail.com if the registered id is user[dot]name@gmail.com.

Gmail doesnt allow users to create an account with underscore where as other email services like yahoo allow underscores.I couldn’t get the reason why they dont allow underscores and why they gave the option of using dot alone in usernames though they doesnt recognise dot as a character during mail delivery.And i dont understand the purpose of dot.Does dot replace the purpose of underscores used in other mail services?

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Comments
  1. taggy says:

    _ came in for more readability but somewhere down the line ‘.’ became more famous or probaby google made it famous.Yahoo too switched to’.’ a year ago i think .
    What scares me most is when someone new wants to have a gmail ,it would simply be impossible to have one with his name on it .

  2. Geethapriya says:

    Yeah. yahoo allows single dot in email ids.

  3. naga says:

    very useful info…

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