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TIKTOK beats Google, ends year as 2021 most visited website

TikTok ends year as 2021 most visited website: Displaces Facebook, Google, others as web traffic giant

By Ridwan Adelaja 

TikTok, popular Chinese social media product, finished the year on a high note, surpassing both Facebook and Google as the most visited website in 2021.

This is according to an analysis of web traffic for the year under review by storage software company, Cloudflare.

Cloudflare noted that TikTok was the most visited website and most widely used social media platform, judging from how much web traffic these sites generated in 2021.

Chinese startup ByteDance launched TikTok in 2016 but did not get much attention until it acquired rival app a year later.

The app’s popularity surged in the U.S. in 2020 with notable videos including one that showed Idaho resident Nathan Apodaca skateboarding and drinking Ocean Spray cranberry juice while listening to Fleetwood Mac.

TikTok’s new feat as world’s number one website is happening for the first time.

Commenting on the development, Cloudflare’s João Tomé and Sofia Cardita noted that the chances of topping the list first was noticed in February and later became a reality in August.

He said: “It was on February 17, 2021 that TikTok got the top spot for a day. Back in March, TikTok got a few more days and also in May, but it was after August 10, 2021, that TikTok took the lead on most days.”

After TikTok, other top websites include Google, Facebook, Microsoft, Apple, Amazon, Netflix, YouTube, Twitter, and WhatsApp.

About the author

Ridwan Adelaja

Venture analyst focusing on African tech startups, founders and the Big Five ventures: Amazon, Facebook, Apple, Google and Microsoft.

He also takes time out to showcase amazing African thought leaders. Before coming to maintain his spotlight column on Quillcastle Nigeria, he anchored Youngfrica TV Show on CBA TV during his stay in Hargeisa, Somaliland.

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