TikTok beats Google.com as most popular 2021 web domain

TikTok’s speedy ascent is nicely chronicled, however milestones like this will likely nonetheless stump the non-Gen Z crowd. In line with cloud providers firm Cloudflare, the social-media platform’s web site has usurped Google.com as the most popular web domain on the earth. The five-year-old app overtook web Goliath Google Search together with the remainder of Google’s digital properties (like Maps, Buying, Information, Photographs, Translate, and many others.). Final yr, TikTok ranked seventh on Cloudflare’s web-traffic rating—behind Google, Fb, Microsoft, Apple, Netflix, and Amazon.

Owned by Chinese language web firm ByteDance, it’s additionally the one non-American website to occupy a spot in Cloudflare’s high 10:

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

Cloudflare notes this rating is calculated utilizing aggregated knowledge it possesses on web site visitors patterns. This knowledge contains stats on a domain’s reputation, the proportion change in web site visitors, and the change in rank over the chosen time interval (on this case, one month). It doesn’t essentially monitor with completely different knowledge a few web site’s whole variety of guests or distinctive customers in a month. For whole customers, Fb nonetheless takes that cake.


However TikTok is an simple power in virtually each respect: One report estimates that some 167 million TikTok movies get streamed every minute of daily. Their sheer quantity dwarfs different web sites’ exercise: Google, which handles about 90% of all web searches, conducts 5.7 million searches per minute. YouTube and Netflix customers stream barely 1 million hours of content material each 60 seconds, mixed. However TikTok says it has 1 billion energetic customers, virtually half of whom are between the ages of 16 and 24. These numbers don’t actually seize its true pervasiveness both, because it’s straightforward to embed TikTok movies into platforms like Twitter, Fb, and YouTube, probably driving up their site-visit numbers as a substitute of TikTok’s.

This, plus the actual fact TikTok movies are readymade ad-length, is why advertisers now view TikTok as the “holy grail of selling,” as a New York Times article from yesterday put it. The story notes that on the app, the hashtag #TikTokMadeMeBuyIt—absurd-sounding out of context—has now been considered greater than 7 billion instances.

Cloudflare’s wrap-up of the yr’s most popular web domains accommodates a couple of different noteworthy traits. For one, Instagram didn’t make the yr’s high listing in any respect. And the race for these high spots may be tight, as Fb’s outage again in October confirmed: Following that six- to seven-hour down interval, the location dropped from No. 3 to No. 4 in Cloudflare’s rankings for seven full days. Additionally, Microsoft’s web site—a form of anti-TikTok child boomer stronghold—continues to be hanging in there at No. 4, placing it above Amazon, YouTube, and Twitter.