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:

  • =
  • =
  • ="
[Source: Gmail Help

Using this, you can easily filter your email traffic to better manage the inbox. For example, you can register in with and filter the Emails sent to 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 and 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

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

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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