For the first time in the history of the G20 world financial leaders and policy makers used secure social networking software to collaborate before, during and after the 2010 summit in Toronto.
The secure and confidential application enabled delegates to find and connect with other attendees, share documents and content, work collaboratively online, and upload profiles and blogs.
The social network, a collaboration between content management firm Open Text, the Canadian Digital Media Network and the Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, featured enterprise-grade security controls.
Delegates were able to access the application securely from anywhere in the world in multiple languages from a wide variety of devices, including Blackberrys, iPhones and iPads.
"Access to social networking enables critical issues to be addressed in real time and be inclusive of multiple opinions," said Tom Jenkins, executive chairman and chief strategy officer at Open Text.
The G20 was established in 1999 to bring together industrialised and developing economies to discuss key issues in the global economy, in response to financial crises of the late 1990s.