The ‘Megabus mentions in other blogs’ at the top of this page are generated from a blog search engine RSS feed. I’ve used www.blogsearch.google.com, www.technorati.com and www.bloglines over the past few months, but haven’t been really happy with any of them. Then I found www.icerocket.com which, in my opinion, provided far better results than the other search engines. The big problem was that I could read the RSS feed in my browser but when the php scripting converted it to HTML for the blog it didn’t work and produced error messages. I asked questions in the forum which supports the RSS to HTML script and the only answer I got was from someone who suggested that icerocket appeared to have some type of filtering in place. This didn’t sound hopeful but I thought I had nothing to lose by e-mailing icerocket and outlining the problem. I did this on Sunday evening at around 21:00, at 21:55 I got a reply “thanks for the feedback. i will look into it and let you know”. Then, 40 minutes later another e-mail saying “i have fixed issue. try now”. It now worked perfectly!
The ‘Megabus mentions …..’ results are now courtesy of IceRocket and a great big thank you to them. Can you imagine any other search engine’s support department changing something on their engine, within an hour on a Sunday evening, because it didn’t work for one user? Incredible! Keep up the good work Ice Rocket :-)