One trick you may or may not have picked up about Gmail is that you can add in periods anywhere in the front part of your address and it makes no difference whatsoever: email@example.com works just the same as firstname.lastname@example.org. What’s more, you can add a plus sign and any word before the @ sign (e.g. email@example.com) and messages will still reach you. If these tweaks make no difference, then why use them? One major reason: filters. Here are a few ways you can make use of the feature to bring order to the chaos of your inbox. Signing up for newsletters: The next time you sign up for a newsletter, app or website, use an address like firstname.lastname@example.org. That way, you can filter out everything sent to this address to a low-priority label or folder. A couple of options available to you are to have Gmail mark all these messages as unimportant, or categorize them all as Updates.