Facing the frequent problem of how to explain the affordances of RSS to colleagues, I've fallen back on demonstrating three interfaces, Bloglines, Netvibes and Google Reader.
OK, so AJAX-based personalized pages like Netvibes and your Google homepage can do more than display RSS feeds, but I'm constantly surprised by how individuals react so differently to the various interfaces. Some people plug straight into the Google Reader "river of news" philosophy, while the more traditional two pane appearance of Bloglines works for others. And the interface makes a major difference to how they see and understand RSS.
For my own part, I've always preferred Netvibes to Pageflakes. It's not just that Pageflakes doesn't work with Safari, it's more personal than that. I can't fully explain why I prefer one interface over the other, just as I can't predict which of my colleagues will prefer Bloglines over Google Reader. So I was happy to sit here with my prejudices - until I saw Tony Hirst's post about the OUseful Pageflakes site.
Damn! This is going to make me rethink Pageflakes, and maybe even AJAX.