NNN – No New News? – 12/21/21 – Google no longer the world’s most popular website thanks to surprise challenger

ByCiaran Daly

  • 14:15, 28 DEC 2021
  • UPDATED14:18, 28 DEC 2021

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 appĀ 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 GoogleFacebookMicrosoft and Apple all pushed down in the rankings.

Google logo displayed on a phone screen and a laptop keyboard are seen in this illustration photo taken in Krakow, Poland on October 31, 2021. (Photo by Jakub Porzycki/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
The king is dead: Google is no longer number one when it comes to our Internet usage (Image: NurPhoto via Getty Images)

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.

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