For many years we've been part of a private ongoing Skype conversation on a thread named Junkarama. Junkarama is the place where we post all of the best links and content we come across during our travels on the internet.
Think of Junkarama as a collaborative super-filter for HOT links on the web.
During a recent Sandpark hack session we created an app to extract the links that get posted on the Junkarama thread and then to post them into a live publicly available stream for all to see and share. We call this new stream Junkarama Greatest Hits.
Currently submission rights are by invitation only.
The Junkarama Greatest Hits public stream was created during Sandpark, which is our 10% time initiative for playing around and hacking new apps and services together; The content however is powered by many.
It was made using a script (written in ruby) that talks to Skype through Applescript and extracts content from the Junkarama thread. This returns a list of the new messages, and sends them off to a web app that posts the links online. When possible, the content is automatically embedded from the links via the embed.ly API.