A TXT record, as the abbreviation suggests, is a record, that contains info in human-readable form and not code. It could be set up for a domain or a subdomain for a number of purposes. Search engines like Yahoo, for example, have different ways of verifying that you're the owner of a given domain and one of them is in fact by creating a TXT record with specific text which they provide and which you need to use as the record value. Exactly the same verification method is being employed by some analytics platforms that keep track of the traffic to your web sites as well. Needless to say, in such a case the content of the record will be read by a robot, but it'll still be in human-readable form. A TXT record is furthermore employed when you activated the so-called SPF protection for your emails in order to shield them from being forged. In this case, the record contains information showing that a particular digital message is sent from a reliable and authorized mail server. You can use a TXT record for any type of other information as well, such as your company details, for example.