Monday, March 21, 2011

Gotcha of the Day: Using Mailinator to test AWeber and failing

I love the mailinator service. Need a disposable e-mail address? Just pick one, like, say, and it's yours. In fact, you can pick any address you want to use.

The catch, of course, is that the e-mail address has zero privacy to it. You, and anyone else who chooses that name share the inbox. For certain types of e-mail this limitation is just fine. The classic use case is for registering for a website. I also use it quite a bit for testing software, where I might need a whole bunch of unique e-mails (, and so on).

This was all well and good until I tried using a bunch of addresses with the AWeber mail service. I was creating a custom form, and for the life of me, I couldn't get AWeber to accept my submissions.

And then it hit me: they've probably black listed addresses.

With that hunch in mind, I visited and checked out the section to the right labeled Alternate Domains. I hit the refresh button a few times and got the following options:

As you may have guessed, any of the above domains will work as a substitute for

I fed AWeber and sure enough, it was glad to accept it.

I can then check that inbox anytime I want by visiting:

So, yeah, nice try AWeber. But, for testing, Mailinator will still work for your service.

1 comment:

  1. Nice post. I like mailinator too. I originally read about it in a Joel Spolsky post.