TikTok overtakes Google as most popular site in 2021
Google was started from the top spot, with a social media app that took down the most popular website for 2021 in a state of shock.
TikTok just won’t stop.
The video-based social media app is the most popular site in 2021, beating the best Google of last year, according to a new technical report.
TikTok even beat other well-known domains that overtook it in 2020, such as Amazon, Apple, Facebook, Microsoft and Netflix, according to data from web security firm Cloudflare.
Cloudflare discovered that TikTok, which ranked seventh at Google’s No.1 in 2020, received a bit of ‘help’ from the pandemic, propelling the app to number one this year, New York Post reported.
TikTok and Google flip-flopped for the top spot throughout the year, including October and November, when Google reigned supreme, according to Cloudflare.
But eventually, TikTok took over – and outclassed Google.com, which includes maps, translations, photos, flights, books, and news, on days like Black Friday.
Overall in 2021, TikTok was closely followed by Google in second place and Facebook in third. Microsoft and Apple completed the top five places. Sixth was Amazon, followed by Netflix (7), YouTube (8), Twitter (9) and WhatsApp in 10th place.
Very popular among the younger generation, TikTok has inspired the launch of other platforms, such as Instagram Reels, YouTube Shorts and Triller. In September, the viral app said it reached 1 billion monthly active global users.
However, like other social media platforms, Chinese company Tiktok is also under the government’s microscope.
In October, a TikTok executive denied in a hearing in the US Congress that he had given information to the Chinese government and said he had taken steps to protect US data.
Former President Donald Trump had sought to ban TikTok from U.S. app stores, saying it was collecting U.S. user data that could be obtained by the Chinese government and would pose a threat to U.S. national security.
President Biden then revoked Trump’s plan, but called for a broader review of various foreign-controlled applications.
This article originally appeared on New York Post and has been reproduced with permission.