Ok, so you can't "follow" a person with a private profile. WHY? I think we should be able to send a "follow" request and that person decides to accept it, just like before! Do you think they will ever change that?
I personally would like that, I think it would allow private users to accept people if they choose too.
I like it the way it is. With the exception of the users on my current following list, I no longer care to be followed via my profile, just as I no longer care to follow others via their profiles. Instead, I prefer to use the live feed option.