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3 Thumbwind Publications Websites Included in Secret Google C4 Dataset Used to “Train” AI Systems like Bard and ChatGPT

In a recent report by The Washington Post, Inside the secret list of websites that make AI like ChatGPT sound smart. It has been discovered that three of Thumbwind Publications’ websites –,, and – are part of the Google C4 dataset. This news has generated curiosity and interest among internet users and website owners.

What Are These Websites About? – This website focuses on the Thumb region of Michigan, the eastern part of the state that extends into Lake Huron and resembles a thumb on a map. The website provides information about the area’s environment, history, culture, events, local attractions, outdoor activities, and travel destinations. also covers news and stories about the Great Lakes and the communities within the Thumb region, making it a comprehensive resource for those interested in the area or planning a visit. –  This website is dedicated to providing information about the state of Michigan. It may cover travel, attractions, events, culture, and local news to cater to residents and visitors interested in exploring the state. – is a website dedicated to documenting and sharing the history of the Ora Labora Colony. This short-lived Christian utopian community existed in the mid-19th century in the Thumb region of Michigan. The colony, founded by Emil Baur in 1862, was based on the principles of prayer and labor, as reflected in its Latin name, “Ora et Labora,” which translates to “pray and work.” The website provides information about the colony’s founding, daily life, struggles, and eventual demise. 

The Google C4 Dataset: A Brief Overview

The C4 dataset, also known as the Colossal Clean Crawled Corpus, is a vast and diverse collection of web text data curated by Google for training machine learning models, particularly those related to natural language understanding and processing. Comprising billions of web pages, the C4 dataset is designed to improve the capabilities of models like Google’s own BERT (Bidirectional Encoder Representations from Transformers) by providing them with extensive training data that covers a wide range of topics and domains.

What Inclusion in the C4 Dataset Means

Having a website included in Google’s C4 dataset comes with several implications, both positive and negative:

Validation of Content Quality: Being part of the C4 dataset suggests that the content found on the included websites meets Google’s standards for quality, relevance, and diversity. This is a validation of the efforts made by website owners and content creators to produce valuable and engaging content.

Increased Exposure: Websites part of the C4 dataset are more likely to be found and indexed by search engines, making them more visible to users. This increased exposure can lead to higher traffic and potentially more opportunities for advertising and revenue generation.

Potential Privacy Concerns: The inclusion of a website in the dataset could lead to potential privacy concerns, as the content and data collected may be used by third parties for various purposes, including but not limited to research, training machine learning models, and the development of new technologies.

Implications for Thumbwind Publications

For Thumbwind Publications, having three websites included in the C4 dataset can be seen as a significant achievement. It signifies that the content on,, and is considered diverse, relevant, and valuable by Google’s standards.

This distinction can improve the credibility and reputation of Thumbwind Publications and its websites, attracting more users and potentially increasing revenue. However, it is also responsible for addressing potential privacy concerns and ensuring the data collected is managed responsibly and ethically.

In a statement by Michael Hardy, owner of Thumbwind Publications, “We are committed to continuing our mission to look for and discover great things to see and do in Michigan and beyond. The new world of AI stresses diligence in keeping it real and offer helpful information for people interested in our area and its history.”

Michael Hardy

Mike Hardy is the owner of Thumbwind Publications LLC. It started in 2009 as a fun-loving site covering Michigan's Upper Thumb. Since then, he has authored a vast range of content and established a loyal base of 60,000 visitors per month.

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