This is weird: my friends are telling me that when I send mail from Gmail, the return address is to googlemail.com, not gmail.com. Have I had my Gmail account hacked or something?
I seem to be on that short list too over at Google Mail Central too: when I send mail the return address is also from @googlemail.com.
Fortunately, a quick check of whois shows that it’s registered by Google, not some mysterious third-world hacker group:
Google Inc. (DOM-302458)
1600 Amphitheatre Parkway
Mountain View CA 94043
So it’s not someone hacking the system. What’s up? Well, it turns out that it’s all because of a trademark dispute in England. As Google explains:
“We have been involved in a dispute regarding the Gmail trademark in the UK. Another company has claimed rights to the Gmail name. We have tried to resolve this dispute through negotiations, but our efforts have failed. We are still working with the courts and trademark office to protect our ability to use the Gmail name, but in the meantime, we want you to have an email address you can rely on.”
The long and short of it is that while it’s a minor nuisance, it’s nothing to worry about. 🙂
Thanks, Eric, for the tip about googlemail.com!