Starting this week, Google plus will no longer require that its users share their gender identification in a public fashion on their profiles. This move was in response to user feedback as reported by product manager, Frances Haugen, in a video update announcing the change. This is not surprising as Google has been tweaking its newest social network since its launch, and Google is very concerned with user input.
Haugen went on to say that the network will describe users who have made their gender information private with the pronoun “they.” For example, it might say “Jesse updated their profile.” Haugen admits she knows this is not grammatically correct. However, given the English language’s lack of a gender neutral singular pronoun, this is the next best choice.
This move also makes more businesses and organizations likely to join Google plu
s. Social Statistics, an analytics site, says that Google plus is made up of 87 percent male users, 11.5 percent female users, and 1.5 percent “other” users. That category includes several organizations with profiles including The Washington Post, NBC News, and The Chicago Sun Times.
Google plus is giving users different gender options, which many people find to be a good thing