Hmm… just noticed, maybe there should be an option for "adders" to choose "friend" or "fan/follow"? For example, I like to just fan/follow/subscribe someone but not add as a friend.
I understand that the person being added has the final say on whether to approve the request as "friend" or "fan/follower/subscriber" but it’s kinda not that ‘private’ (for lack of a better word). If one is attentive enough, s/he will have a clue that his/her "friend" request was denied or just added as a "fan".
Or did I understood the "fan" feature incorrectly? Maybe I’m just confuse with the use of the word "fan" and how it works?