Some weeks ago I found out that some of my contacts in Gmail have two addresses, one with dot and one without a dot in their name. For example johndoe@gmail.com and john.doe@gmail.com.

First I thought my friends switched from dotted to non-dotted but now I realized, they never used the non-dotted address. The address just has been added automatically to all of my contacts with Gmail-addresses.

Does anyone know why? I don't like the idea of Google editing my contacts without asking me.

Clarification: I know that Gmail does not recognise dots in addresses. I know that the two addresses above are equal for Gmail. My question is about my contacts: Who edited them? I never added the addresses without dots but now they are there.

  • Just found out that this happened before: In some contacts (especially people living in Germany) I have two addresses: one with googlemail.com and another with gmail.com. The googlemail.com address is labelled with Obsolte, and I'm sure I never used this word to for naming an address. So, looks like Gmail edits contacts for me, but sorry Google, touching my contacts was a very bad idea. @others: please don't explain to me, why googlemail addresses are obsolte. I know it. – Ethan Leroy Nov 27 '14 at 19:37
  • I’d say that the two situations are a bit different: the Googlemail to Gmail transition is somehow “legitimate”, while the dot-in-the-middle one not so much. At least in my opinion. – Alex Nov 29 '14 at 12:07
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    Both changes have been done in my contacts. Even if the data is stored on Google's servers, I want to be the only one who can edit it. – Ethan Leroy Nov 29 '14 at 14:16
  • I know, and you are right, but the phasing from Googlemail to Gmail has nothing to do with you or the respective user — is like your Facebook URL would change from www.facebook.com/your_nickname to www.fb.com/your_nickname. As in, they are not editing the contact, but transitioning their part. While the change from youruser to your.user is touching/editing your (well, the user’s) part. – Alex Nov 29 '14 at 14:53
  • I had the same question as you, but I didn't know that gmail addresses are dot invariants... Happy to hear it from you. – Paolo M Nov 19 '15 at 10:55

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