WASHINGTON, DC – AUGUST 07: In this photo illustration, the TikTok app is displayed on an Apple … [+] iPhone on August 7, 2020 in Washington, DC. On Thursday evening, President Donald Trump signed an executive order that bans any transactions between the parent company of TikTok, ByteDance, and U.S. citizens due to national security reasons. The president signed a separate executive order banning transactions with China-based tech company Tencent, which owns the app WeChat. Both orders are set to take effect in 45 days. (Photo Illustration by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
TikTok has become a global phenomenon. In an op-ed for The New York Times, tech reporter Shira Ovide wrote, “TikTok might be rewiring entertainment, giving the next generation of activists new ways to tell stories and challenging the global internet order.”
It looks like Ovide’s claim is quickly becoming reality. Insights from Cloudflare Radar show the explosive growth and global popularity of the social platform.
TikTok is not just surpassing other social platforms, in terms of global internet traffic, but is becoming more accessed than Google and its suite of services, including Google Maps and Gmail.
Cloudflare’s Radar project publishes information on website traffic metrics and other up-to-date internet trends. By the end of 2021, the company’s data showed TikTok.com was the #1 most popular domain. Google.com came in second, followed by…