So some people try to guess email-addresses of other people and sometimes the emails end up in the wrong place?
And this is news?
I have back from the nineties firstname.lastname@example.org of my pretty common Northern European name. I get all sorts of private emails intended for other people.
This article is a painful joke. I wish it was satire. Maybe it is and its soo dry, that it's actually hilarious.
..."The growing pains usually set in when startups reach 25 to 50 employees, as names begin to overlap, according to Josh Walter, who has designed email services for companies for the past eight years." I want that job, creating email address standards for startups.
On the other hand, I have (first initial)(surname)@gmail.com and you wouldn't believe how many misdirected messages I get for people with the same initial and surname as me...
Interesting fact: most emails I incorrectly receive is because whoever creates the accounts/makes the orders/etc knowingly provides websites with my email instead of their own.
All in all it’s pretty crazy.
The problem with that is many times these are automated and poorly configured, so I'll get hundreds of emails a minute from really badly broken setups. I generally email support at the domain owners but most of the time I have to blacklist them at the server.
I can speak from experience that using your middle name creates it's own set of super annoying issues.
If your name is rare enough that's fine, but it's better to keep to a pattern. Also use aliases (billing@, legal@, etc).
The email policy used to be that people from acquired companies would keep their original email address whereever possible, just switch to the bank's domain.
So in my friend's case, no narcissism, just luck.
One thing I learned from getting other people's emails is that some websites let you pay for things without email confirmation, but require you to receive the email to access it. Nexon game points or something? I tried to report the screwup, but the site wouldn't let you contact them without a login.
I only use it for stuff I don't want to clog up my vanity domains with but that email account has become a swamp of notifications of signups to random services I've never used, whoever signed up trying to scam those services, and those services contacting the scammer to tell them they aren't allowed to use the service anymore because of their chargeback/non-payment/scummyness. Along with a variety of bouncebacks from email worms (in 2018!!) a whole bunch of more innocent but equally irritating accounts being attached.
I used to try to help out companies this was happening to by giving them a heads-up, resetting & changing the account pwd and suggesting ways of mitigating the issue (hello doordash) but these days I can't be bothered... My next freebie email is going to be a random 64 character alpha numeric string to minimalize those collisions.
* it's actually okay, honestly!
Max nerd street cred comes with getting something sleek like <yourname>.com, or <firstname>@<lastname>.com. Even getting that doesn't seem like a significant social status signal.
I feel like I must be missing something.. :)
For personal domains I just wildcard so I can use whatever fits the situation best. support@ contact@ name@ etc.
Later, when Abhi Talwalker became CEO, all e-mail addresses were changed to email@example.com. My manager was pretty unhappy because his last name was Van Den Crommenacker.
I don't think I've ever received any email intended for somebody else.
There's also the two Lisa S Davis' in NYC .
And we can't forget the two Emily Hughes' in England .
I've heard that they are not unique in the US and a few stories from my Databases course professor about how you should always assign your own unique IDs to users. Birth numbers change.
That's a parochial view, US SSNs are not unique but Norwegian SSNs (fødselsnummer) are unique. In Norway it is composed of a six digit birthdate plus a five digit code (personnummer).
Google translates the Norwegian Wikipedia entry as saying "The last digit in the individual number indicates the gender of the person - different digits for men and equal numbers for women."
Does this change for transgender people, or for those who undergo sex reassignment surgery?
I wasn't able to find information about this for Norwegian. The equivalent entry for Sweden, at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Personal_identity_number_(Swed... , says :
> In exceptional cases, the number may be changed later in life, typically because the date of birth or the registration of gender of the child were in error. If a person undergoes full gender reassignment surgery later in life, the serial number is changed to make the 'gender digit' (no. 9) conform with their new physical sex.
It's a great way to ensure that you get a bunch of spam from random people looking for jobs etc. landing in your inbox after guessing your email address.
For company mail just use something unique, nobody cares.
I puked in my mouth a bit when I read this.