Help - Email

Why we use Gmail


The problem:
  • AmericasTAKEN.com requires that each account have a unique email address.
  • Logging into and out of multiple email accounts is tedious and inconvenient.
The solution:
  • One email account that allows multiple email addresses.
  • Gmail is the ONLY email service that offers this solution.

That's right. Just ONE Gmail account.

Really. Just ONE.

Really.

NOTE: The child email variants described below require no setup in Gmail. You will continue to log into Gmail the same way you did before. The email addresses you create for your child are entered into the email field during the account creation process on AmericasTAKEN.com. Just create another account (like when you created your Parent account), except this time, choose TAKEN Child as the account type and enter the email address using the "+name" method described below on each TAKEN Child account.

How it works

Gmail will allow you to use multiple email addresses with your Gmail account. What this means is that each email address you create using your Gmail username will all go into your inbox. This way you can utilize different email addresses for your Parent account as well as one or more TAKEN Child accounts.

Your Gmail username is the part of your Gmail address before the “@” sign.

Let’s use Dana Davis as an example. Dana has only one Gmail address which is This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. This one account will be used to create Dana’s parent account as well as the TAKEN Child account for her daughter Beth. Dana’s Gmail username is ddavis01981.

Gmail has a very cool trick which allows you to utilize your Gmail username plus any other set of letters and or numbers to create un unlimited amount of unique email address for use with your Gmail inbox. All of these extra email addresses you create will all be received in your ONE Gmail inbox.

Here’s how that works

Dana’s Gmail address is This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. When Dana creates the TAKEN Child account for her daughter Beth she’ll simply insert a plus sign “+” and the word beth between her Gmail username and “@gmail.com” like this:

ddavis01981+beth@gmail.com

TIP:DON'T forget to include the + sign or it won't work.

This email address will still show up in the inbox for This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. because Gmail ignores the plus sign “+” and what is after it. To Gmail, ddavis01981+beth@gmail.com is the same thing as This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. The folks that created Gmail did this so you, the Gmail user could organize your inbox and utilize multiple email addresses without having to create multiple Gmail accounts.

Here’s how Gmail’s Help Page explains it:

Filter your messages with email aliases

By adding a “+” and any combination of letters or numbers after your username, you can create alternate email addresses that will all be delivered to your account.

Sometimes it’s handy to have these aliases when you sign up with your email address for different services. For example, if your email address is This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and you sign up for lots of newsletters, you can sign up with the email address hikingfanThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. instead of This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. You’ll still receive those emails in your inbox, but If you ever want to filter all the newsletters you’ve received, you can filter by messages sent to hikingfanThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Using an address alias

Gmail doesn't offer traditional aliases, but you can receive messages sent to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. For example, messages sent to jane.doe+notes@gmail.com are delivered to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

You can set up filters to automatically direct these messages to a folder, to Trash, apply a label or star, skip the inbox, or forward to another email account.

Still don’t understand?

By using the Gmail email alias “+” trick, an entire family can be entered into AmericasTAKEN.com using different email addresses all based on the same Gmail username. Let’s say that Dana actually has three TAKEN children. Not only can Dana use the same Gmail account for Beth, she can also use it for Bobby and Brandi like this:

NOTE: If you cannot see the full table below on your phone, try turning your phone sideways. You'll probably need to scroll back up to find your place again.

Dana This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.   ← Parent account
Beth ddavis01981+beth@gmail.com   ← TAKEN Child account #1
Bobby ddavis01981+bobby@gmail.com   ← TAKEN Child account #2
Brandi ddavis01981+brandi@gmail.com   ← TAKEN Child account #3

Email sent to any of these different addresses are all going to show up in the inbox for This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Convenient for AmericasTAKEN Admins

This site could very well explode with users as word gets out of its existence. Managing all of these Parent and Child accounts could become very difficult very quickly. By utilizing this Gmail trick, the administrators of AmericasTAKEN will be able to:

  • Find an entire family by searching for ONE Gmail username
  • Search for all TAKEN Children by searching for the plus sign

For Example

We can find Dana's entire family by searching our user database for ddavis01981. We'll find Dana, Beth, Bobby and Brandi just by searching for ddavis01981. This will be huge for the administrators of this site going forward.

Still don’t understand?

If you still don’t quite understand how it works, that’s OK. (And don't feel bad. Some computer experts don't fully understand either.) You don’t need to fully understand how this works just like you don’t fully understand how electricity works. You can utilize electricity and enjoy its benefits without being an electricity expert. By the same token, you can utilize and enjoy the Gmail alias “+” trick without being a computer nerd like me.

Next we'll look at how you sign up. It helps to know what works best before you setup your account. To learn more about the setup process, click the "Next" link below.

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