Thursday, June 23, 2011

Gmail's period



Or in another words, the dot issue has been a great advantage for the busy email user. 


"Gmail doesn't recognize dots as characters within usernames, you can add or remove the dots from a Gmail address without changing
the actual destination address; they'll all go to your inbox, and only yours. In short:

  • homerjsimpson@gmail.com = hom.er.j.sim.ps.on@gmail.com
  • homerjsimpson@gmail.com = HOMERJSIMPSON@gmail.com
  • homerjsimpson@gmail.com = Homer.J.Simpson@gmail.com"
[Source: Gmail Help



Using this, you can easily filter your email traffic to better manage the inbox. For example, you can register in www.abc.com with hom.er.j.sim.ps.on@gmail.com and filter the Emails sent to hom.er.j.sim.ps.on@gmail.com in few quick steps. And oh yeah, if the site sends you spam, you can identify that  easily too.


The point is, although Gmail does not recognize the "." , some other services do/did recognize/ed it. Taking advantage of the issue, Gmail users were able to create quite a number of Facebook profiles with one Gmail account. [proof in English] [proof in Sinhala]

Yes, the proofs are old. Now, Facebook knows that abc@gmail.com and a.bc@gmail.com belong to one person. [Try it for yourself : add a "." any place in the email you used to log in for Facebook and try to create a new Facebook profile. Facebook will say "There is an existing account associated with this email.]



However, yesterday, I got a strange email to my inbox. Someone has created a new profile with my email changing the placement of the "." and an email was sent from Facebook for the email verification requirement. 


Screen shot of the email I received




I was quite baffled because it is impossible to do. I did some Googling and asked few of my tech-friends but still could not find how this has happened. 


The "how part" of the story remains a mystery.


But one thing is proved. Facebook can go go crazy, it might be a single case like this. So better be on alert

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In the back ground news, there is this super cool Unilever Career Day happening tomorrow at UoC.


Any undergraduate / graduate can walk in ( FREEEEE!!)


If you are interested in, have a look here and register yourself at http://www.unilever.aiesecsl.org/


This is organized by AIESEC Sri Lanka in collaboration with the CGU of UoC , so you know what to expect!!


See you there....

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