2020 was the year of being at home, thanks to that which will not be named. And this of course led to a surge in the world of remote working, gaming, and spending time online. So which apps came out on top of all the others? In a typical year, I’d expect to see more games on this list, but of course, 2020 was not a typical year for anyone. Even so, it is unexpected that Among Us isn’t part of this list, but it is deserving of an honorary mention considering how popular it became towards the end of the year.
Now let’s see which ones are in the top ten, in no particular order.
TikTok is debatably the rebirth of the well-loved app Vine, which saw the birth of many internet memes, and it has gained a massive surge in its users recently, who range in ages, professions, and content. Professionals such as nurses and doctors use this platform to share medical information, and there are teens who enjoy engaging in new trends and dances which flood the platform every other week. Businesses even use this to help promote their products and increase their following, using hashtags and challenges to engage their audience. Although it briefly had a run-in with the US government who was tempted to ban it due to its relations to China, it has persevered and still comes out in the top ten of 2020.
Some that made the list are the regular apps, some of which are likely ones you use daily, and they are: Whatsapp, Facebook, Messenger, Instagram, and Youtube. These apps have been popular since their initial releases, but with more people spending time at home and having much less social interaction, it can be understood why these apps made the list. Facebook, Messenger, and Whatsapp help to keep people in touch, and Youtube provides a place for people to feel as part of a community and enjoy content from their favorite creators. Instagram also works as a platform for people to be able to easily express themselves and connect with others with similar interests or even just to see what their friends are up to.
Working From Home apps
Last year saw a surge in the number of people working from home, and this meant there had to be new ways to conduct a class of students or to have meetings with your colleagues. And it will be no surprise there that these apps ended up being some of the most popular: Google Classroom, Google Meet, Zoom, and Microsoft Teams. Out of all these, Zoom is arguably the most popular, with religious groups even using it for their meetings to prevent the spread of Covid, and it is a very easy interface to learn to use for all ages. These apps have continued to be used going into this year as a prevention method for Covid is still in effect in many countries, and it’s possible that they will continue to be used going forward as working from home has been shown to be very effective.
All of these apps have millions of users worldwide, and it is a surprise that they don’t crash daily, especially for Zoom, which is used for schools across the globe now. Fortunately, this isn’t something we as the users need to worry about, as it is the companies job to keep their software up and running, and they know in times like this tools to monitor the performance of your app are essential to be able to handle such a large surge in users.