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Site verification

Screenshot of a root directory of a web server

Is it just the root of my server that looks a bit like this? With the upcoming launch of Twitter’s analytics service for website owners (which will presumably require some kind of verification), I was wondering:

Why isn’t there a standard, similar to robots.txt, for verifying that you own a domain? verification.txt?

Screenshot of an example verification.txt

google: Pt8rpfeQC4SCyzABFilZiJC5Tqw8f
googlehosted: Rb0S6k5si3nOj5rVfPmnzU0pYit
bing: eXB4oWQR1iVLtKp6Yk2hTq7N7JPjmoX5
yahoo: y_key_uyxZucu9dvrzsr3PWaYx9G5gLT
twitter: rqcSmFJIlugbPjXvI6vGuZi7YCiWXYR

I can’t think of a reason each service needs more than a few alphanumeric characters for this.

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