A TXT record, as the abbreviation suggests, is a record, that holds info in human-readable form and not code. It can be created for a domain or a subdomain for many different purposes. Search engines like Yahoo, for instance, have different ways of confirming that you are the owner of a certain domain and one of them is actually by creating a TXT record with certain text which they provide and that you must use as the record value. The exact same verification method is used by some analytics platforms that keep track of the traffic to your Internet sites as well. However, in this 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 also used when you enable the so-called SPF protection for your emails so that you can shield them from being forged. In such a case, the record contains information showing that a particular electronic message is sent from a dependable and authorized mail server. You could use a TXT record for any sort of other information as well, such as your business details, for instance.