TikTok surpasses Google as most popular site in 2021
TikTok ousted Google as the most popular site in 2021, according to the latest data from web security firm Cloudflare.
The social media app has overtaken other tech giants who ranked above it last year, including Amazon, Apple, Facebook, Microsoft, and Netflix.
The popular social media app ranked seventh at Google’s premiere in 2020 and received a bit of “help” from the pandemic, according to a blog post titled “Popular Domains Year In Review 2021.”
According to the blog post, there were days when Google was # 1, but October and November were mostly “TikTok days, including Thanksgiving and Black Friday.”
TikTok said it reached 1 billion monthly active users globally in September. The shorthand video app has grown in popularity significantly over the past few years, spawning competing products from other platforms including Instagram Reels and YouTube Shorts.
“TikTok has become a beloved part of the lives of people around the world due to the creativity and authenticity of our creators. Our global community is remarkable in its ability to reach millions of people, across generations, ”the company said in an announcement in September.
TikTok was closely followed by Google in second place and Facebook in third. Microsoft and Apple completed the top five places.
However, the popular app has also come under scrutiny by the government, and the Chinese-owned app has been threatened with being banned in the United States by the Trump administration.
Most Americans said in a Washington Post-Schar School poll released Wednesday that they were wary of TikTok, Facebook and Instagram with their personal information and data.
Here’s the full list of this year’s 10 most popular domains:
- Google FR