Google+ so far asking users to reveal their gender as part of their public profiles, but it seems that privacy concerns from its users have made Google take a second look at that stance. As, on Tuesday night, a Google team member Frances Haugen announced on Google+ that,
"Google+ Profiles is launching a new privacy enhancement in response to user feedback. Starting later this week, you will be able to set the privacy setting of your gender on your Google+ Profile just as you control other information about yourself."
In announcing the decision Haugen said that Google felt that having users announce their gender would make communicating to those users easier. However if users still wish to keep their gender private they would be addressed differently by Google than if their gender became public.
More info about gender and its use in Google+ can be seen in the video shown below this news post.
In related news Google has announced that it will add an address book uploader feature to Google+ sometime "over the next few days".
In a Google+ post Rohit Khare stated,
"We've been listening to feedback from our users who want more flexible ways to find their friends on Google+. One of the most flexible tools is an address book uploader, and I wanted to share the good news that it'll be rolling out to everyone over the next few days.
Many email systems-- and even some social networks -- put users in charge of their own data by helping them export their contacts in the standard CSV or vCard formats.
One thing about our uploader is that we won't mix your imported contacts up with all of your other Google Contacts. We only store the ones that you put into your Circles.
We're hoping our new address book uploader helps users discover new ways to find their friends. As always, keep the feedback coming, and thanks for using Google+!"