TikTok ‘more popular than Google’ as video sharing site becomes biggest in world

Google is no longer the world's most popular website, after being overtaken by a surprise challenger.

The search and email giant has long been the biggest site in the world, acting as a jumping-off point for much of the rest of the web.

However, it has been pushed down into second place by a youthful competitor: the social media app TikTok.

According to a study by Cloudflare, TikTok was the most popular website worldwide in 2021, leaping six places up the list after finishing seventh in 2020.

Things remain largely unchanged after that, with Google, Facebook, Microsoft and Apple all pushed down in the rankings.

The top ten websites worldwide in 2021 were:

  1. TikTok
  2. Google
  3. Facebook
  4. Microsoft
  5. Apple
  6. Amazon
  7. Netflix
  8. YouTube
  9. Twitter
  10. WhatsApp

It also means TikTok is the most popular social media platform, overtaking Facebook, WhatsApp and Instagram. Overall, people are spending more time watching funny videos than they are checking their emails or writing work documents.

The video sharing app now has more than one billion active users worldwide, meaning that around 21 percent of everyone who has Internet access globally uses the site.

It has become immensely popular thanks to its infinite array of short-form viral pranks, memes, and vlogs which last up to three minutes.

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This year, Brits spent a record amount of time online, partly thanks to lockdowns in early 2021. People across the UK reportedly increased their Internet usage by 19 percent, with online gaming up and news sites down.

Mobile traffic, meanwhile, has shot up by more than 45 percent since last year.

  • Google
  • TikTok
  • Facebook

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