The original shadow team image photoshopped to replace their heads with members of the cast of It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia.

Meet the Shadow Team

Part of a series on 2020 Iowa Democratic Caucus. [View Related Entries]

Updated Feb 04, 2020 at 05:25PM EST by Matt.

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Meet the Shadow Team is an image macro series based on a tweet about the staff of Shadow, the tech company behind the defective application designed to tally votes during the 2020 Iowa Caucus.


On January 17th, 2019, Twitter [1] user @taraemcg tweeted, "Meet the Shadow team." They included an image of four people holding laptops. The post received more than 900 comments, 860 likes and 415 retweets in a little over one year (shown below).


On February 4th, 2020, it was reported that the app designed by Shadow for the purpose of tallying votes at the Iowa caucus caused issues, leaving the results inconclusive.[2]

That day, people began sharing the image and mocking the team online. Twitter[3] user @mattysmiff tweeted, "Why was a UCB improv team entrusted with our democracy." The tweet received more than 13,000 likes and 1,000 retweets in less than 24 hours (shown below, left).

Twitter[4] user @momerather responded to the tweet with an edited version of the team picture, replacing their heads with the cast of the television series It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia. The post received more than 265 likes in less than 24 hours (shown below, center).

Following the post, others began sharing variations of the format, keeping the "Meet the Shadow team" caption and replacing the image underneath, generally including an image of fictional characters known for hacking or mischief.

shadowgovernor @momerather Replying to @mattysmiff Meet the Shadow team IMOISI 12:49 AM · Feb 4, 2020 · Twitter Web App lesbia

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jimboslice @pedagogyofjim Meet the Shadow team We Demand To Be Taken Seriously 7:11 AM · Feb 4, 2020 · Twitter for Android bosh junting @josh_b42 COOL Meet the Shadow team 1OTY 11:32 AM · Feb 4, 2020 · Twitter Web App 4. punished h-town @touchdownachto1 Replying to @taraemcg Meet the Shadow team EITA 10:16 AM · Feb 4, 2020 · Twitter for iPhone
Josh Wright @sipologyblog Josh Nright Siplagy Meet the Shadow team 6:31 AM · Feb 4, 2020 from Royal Oak, MI · Twitter for Android Rise like Lions @JamesTHooper Meet the Shadow team #IACaucus #lowaCaucas Mashable 3:58 AM · Feb 4, 2020 · Twitter for Android Ashley Lynch @ashleylynch Meet the Shadow Inc team behind the lowa Caucus app. etro duyn Mayer TRADE MARK 12:04 PM · Feb 4, 2020 · TweetDeck

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