As requested, the way "friends" are handled has been changed. It will now act like it did before with the old website. Users may request friendship with others, which will allow for viewing of private videos.
All current following status have been converted into friend status so as not to break current permissions, and should be manually updated as you see fit.
Manage your friends here: http://iwara.tv/user/friends
From now on, "Follow" is nothing more than what it suggests. It no longer provides access to private content and should be treated as subscriptions did for the old site.
This means you can now unfollow anyone you don't want to see uploads from, and also avoid any notifications as a result (not yet implemented).
And in service for those who have large amounts of followed users as a result of the old follow system, we are offering to clear out all users you have set to follow, which could take hours for popular uploaders.
To request this, send admin a PM stating "Please delete my followed users" or similar, and it will be done as soon as we are able.
On an unrelated note, we need a mascot character(s) for this website. Something at least mostly original, maybe even a pair of sisters?. I hope some talented artist out there might have a great idea for us!
Please let me know if interested, thanks.