Google Is No Longer The World's Most Popular Website

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Step aside, Google, you are no longer the world's most popular website. Searching for stuff is sooooooo 2020.

According to Cloudflare Radar's popularity ranking, the tech giant has been knocked down to the second most popular domain by a surprise (relative) newcomer. No, despite Microsoft's crafty trick of making Bing the default search tool for the Edge browser (fun fact: the most popular search term typed into Bing is "Google") it did not manage to beat Google, and its ever-growing array of services including Maps, Translate, Photos, Flights, Books, and News.

Last year, this is how rankings stood.

Top 10 most popular domains in late 2020

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

Place your bets as to which of these giants knocked Google off the top spot. Done?

You are correct, it was TikTok

Top 10 most popular domains in late 2021

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

The popular video-sharing app first took the number 1 spot on February 17, 2021, but that lasted only for a day. However, from then on it started claiming a few more days in March, and a few more days in May. After August 10, the site was the most popular domain on most days.

The website surpassed Facebook as the Internet's favorite social media platform in terms of traffic, though Facebook remains the platform with the most users worldwide.

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