How to set multiple twitter accounts using the same email address?

This one’s a real time saver. When you setup a new account on Twitter it wants you to use an original email address – that is, an email that isn’t in use anywhere on the system. If you work in a business or agency that manages lots of Twitter profiles this can be a real pain. Thankfully, there’s a fairly elegant way around it.

This tip requires you to have a Gmail account as your main email (or, at least access to a Gmail account). Most people don’t know that Gmail supports the use of the ‘+’ character to let you filter your main email. You don’t have to do anything on your Gmail account. All you do is add the ‘+’ and another word after the first part of your email address – the part before the – and you can use this as a “new”, standalone email address around the web. Here’s the sweet part: all emails sent to this “new” email will still go to your main Gmail inbox.

For example, if your email address was, if you use on any website, any email sent to the latter would go to your inbox ( Gmail knows that the part before the plus symbol is your username, but Gmail understands the part after the plus symbol, too.

If you use Gmail you can try this yourself now – fsimply send an email to, where yourusername = your Gmail username.

(You could even use the word whatever if you wanted!)

Now you can go ahead and use for a new Twitter profile, even if is already in use on Twitter. You could also set up Twitter profiles using,,, and so on.

Even better, you can configure Gmail as usual so that it filters and labels these “new” email addresses however you want.

Cool, eh?

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