TikTok took the No. 1 spot as the most popular website in 2021, moving up six places from a year ago.
Google is now the second-most-popular website, according to cybersecurity company Cloudfare.
In September, TikTok reached a new record, hitting 1 billion users per month. Despite getting more internet traffic, TikTok is still overshadowed by Facebook’s total users worldwide.
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“The pandemic helped to accelerate most of [these internet applications], especially by bringing more people (in some countries) to the digital worlds,” Cloudfare stated. “Think about the way many were able to use virtual tools to work all day, learn, collaborate, order food, supplies, and communicate with friends and family — all from their homes.”
Facebook, Microsoft, and Apple round out the top five internet applications that include websites, smart devices, and mobile apps.
Social media domains also ranked very high, with nine of the main platforms holding spots in the top 100.
Of all the conservative alternative networks that have arisen in recent years, Rumble appears to be having the most success. The video streaming service that presents itself as an alternative to YouTube went public in a $2.1 billion deal via a special purpose acquisition company, or a publicly traded company created to acquire or merge with an existing company, in early December.
Recorded visits in the United States to Rumble grew from about 200,000 in the last week of July 2020 to nearly 19 million this August, a 9,000% increase, according to the Washington Post.
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The top 10 most popular websites in 2021 list is below: