Every so often over the past few years I have received errant emails obviously not meant for me, but clearly addressed to me. The first and last name would be correct, so would the email handle, minus the dot (.) I put in the middle. Sometimes they would be invitations to go tubing in Texas with Bill, Sue and the gang. Other times they would be shipment notifications from Jewelry Television or the Rio Grande Jewelry Supply. Slightly annoying, slightly alarming. Why would I be buying a black pebble & BRONZclay necklace with Seattle coast edge? My bank account said I didn’t, so I moved on.
And then came Pinterest notifications. In floods. All informing me that Miss Millie Moo was now following all of my pinboards. Only they weren’t MY pinboards. They were this girl’s pinboards … this Claire from Irving, Texas whose favorite books include The Bible and Bible, and whose favorite television shows are Kate + 8 and ABC Family’s 25. Clearly she was not me despite sharing the same first and last name.
Firstly I was confused because of the whole email situation. Why was I getting her email? My email address has a dot in it, and the email address listed in all the Pinterest emails filling up my inbox did not. The thing is, Google doesn’t recognize dots. Jane.Doe@gmail.com is the same as JaneDoe@gmail.com is the same as Ja.ne.D.email@example.com. No matter how many dots you put into it, it is still the same unique account. Some nice guy on a Google forum explained it to me here after letting me rant.
So it was my unique email, not hers. But why was she using it for Pinterist? And how could she since I already had an account? Ahhh… I sign in with Twitter and she signs in with Facebook—and Pinterist doesn’t cross-reference duplicate email accounts.
My solution was to request a password change link send to my email and then change the email to firstname.lastname@example.org in the account. Gotcha!
All of this happened after making my sister contact her via Facebook and asking her to stop. She never responded. This drove me to reactivate my Facebook account so I could message her and ask her to stop. She also never replied. Hopefully it just ends there. That is all. Thank you for reading.