I'm an old Gmail user from 2004 and I've always been curious about it.

Registering [email protected] as a new Gmail account, is doe.john@gmail automatically reserved?

If I try to send a mail to doe.john@gmail, the mail does not arrive to me and I don't get any Mail Delivery Subsystem warning so it seems the address is alive in some way.

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If you registered the account [email protected] then you aren't going to get emails addressed to [email protected] as that would be a totally different account.

I tested this with my own Gmail account and I get bounce back saying the account doesn't exist. You probably didn't get a bounce back because the account ([email protected]) does exist - it must have been registered by someone else.

  • that's strange though; in 7 years I have never received a mail sent by any friend/parents/whatever of [email protected] using [email protected] as address. I mean, it's pretty easy to make a mistake and invert name and surname; I did it many times. Jul 20, 2011 at 8:55
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    @systempuntoout dont forget that the . is an optional in the email and can be placed anywhere so it would result in the taking up of a lot of variation per registered email
    – Matt
    Jul 20, 2011 at 9:06
  • it is optional, but the most classic place is between name and surname or viceversa. Jul 20, 2011 at 9:40
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    By giving your email as [email protected]. The most common mistake would be miss out or to misplace the . Swapping around the first and last name wouldn't be a common mistake, IMO. Jul 20, 2011 at 9:45
  • @Barry uhm, probably I see it as a common mistake because, unluckily, my mail at work is [email protected] . So, sometimes a friend swaps name and surname by mistake OR I directly give him/her swapped :P Jul 20, 2011 at 10:24

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