TikTok Surpasses Google to Turn out to be World’s Most Visited Web site in 2021
Cloudflare, an American technology security company, reported Monday that TikTok was the most visited website in the world in 2021, beating last year’s market leader, Google. Most popular in the US, Europe, and Southeast Asia, TikTok is owned by Beijing-based technology company Bytedance, which also operates a sister app for mainland China called Douyin.
Last year, Google was the most visited domain in the world, while TikTok only finished seventh or eighth according to Cloudflare.
The article also reveals that TikTok ranked first for several days between February, March and May of this year, but after August 10 “was in a leading position most of the time”. There have been a few moments that Google took first place, but TikTok took the top spot in October and November, including US Thanksgiving Day (November 25th) and Black Friday (November 26th).
On the evening of September 27th of this year, TikTok announced that its monthly active users worldwide exceeded 1 billion. TikTok has thus successfully developed into the top 5 applications in terms of global user activity alongside Instagram, Facebook, WhatsApp, Messenger and WeChat.
According to ByteDance, TikTok had around 55 million users worldwide in January 2018. In December 2018, that number exceeded 271 million. By December 2019, that number rose to 507 million. Last summer, the app had almost 700 million monthly active users.
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According to a ByteDance internal material, as of June this year, the company’s actual revenue in 2020 was 236.6 billion yuan ($ 37.14 billion), up 111% year over year, and the operating loss reached 14 , 7 billion yuan. By the end of 2020, the number of monthly active users of ByteDance products had reached 1.9 billion worldwide and the number of the company’s employees worldwide had reached 110,000.