Mailinator helps thousands of people every day avoid spam. It's been a great success.
One point that always sort of bothered me however was that by giving out a Mailinator address, you were basically telling people not only how to email you, but also how they can check *your* email. If I say "Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org", the whole world knows where to send and read my email!
Well, this is no longer a problem. Today we added "Alternate Inboxes" to Mailinator. We've always had alternate domains, but this is quite different.
Now, if you check any inbox on Mailinator (say, binkypop), listed on the page is the alternate inbox name. All alternate inbox names start with "M8R-". For example, for binkypop, the alternate inbox name is M8Remail@example.com.
So simply put, if you email binkypop@mailinator OR M8Rfirstname.lastname@example.org it doesn't matter. Both emails would end up in the binkypop inbox (and nothing in the M8R-yg1hkn inbox). The only way to find out an alternate inbox name is to check the inbox here first - thus if you give out the alternate address, there is no way for anyone to guess that it actually goes to binkypop.
So.. pick yourself a favorite Mailinator inbox name (make it big, long, and hard-to-guess please!), go check the inbox to find out the alternate inbox name, and hand it out all over the web (of course, alternate domains work on alternate inboxes too!).
Then check the box (or RSS it) knowing only you know thats the real destination. Also, keep in mind - you don't have to remember the alternate inbox name ever - you just have to remember the real destination address. You can always go to Mailinator and get the alternate anytime just by checking the inbox. And of course, the regular think-up-on-the-fly-and-use Mailinator you know and love hasn't changed a bit. This feature is purely optional (I'm surprised how fast people started using it!)
(This feature is in beta and we might end up changing the alternate address scheme some)
This is cool. Alternate inboxes really do up the ante in Mailinator's spam fighting abilities. Enjoy !