The Twitter account that either broadcast or parodied the elevator chatter of Conde Nast employees (sample tweet: "Girl #1: There should be an elevator that only goes to Vogue. Just up to the 12th floor and back down. Girl #2: totally") amassed nearly 60,000 followers since it appeared on Aug. 6 with this tweet: "Woman #1 to Woman #2, holding an omelet: 'What's the occasion?' Woman #2: '...huh?' Woman #1: 'I would need an occasion to eat that.'"
Perhaps it got too popular?
News coverage led to speculation over who created the feed, with educated guesses alternately pointing to senior editors at GQ or lowly interns at Teen Vogue.
"Girl or Guy #1 [in elevator alone]: This got really crazy. Love my job. Better stop. #sorry," the account tweeted Thursday afternoon. An inquiry sent to the email address listed in the account's Twitter bio, firstname.lastname@example.org, was not returned.
"We have no idea if this is real or made up and don't know who is behind it but it certainly suggests that many people care a great deal about what happens at Conde Nast," a spokeswoman told ABCNews.com on Wednesday. She added, "We are still looking into it, so I don't know what will or won't happen."
A Conde Nast spokeswoman did not immediately respond to a request from The Cutline for further comment now that the @CondeElevator has seemingly been shut down.
@CondeElevator followed in the footsteps of two Jekyll and Hyde-like fake Twitter personas that evoke the quirks of Peter Kaplan, the former New York Observer editor (who now works for Conde Nast), and similarly, the fake @MayorEmanuel Twitter feed that landed a book deal for its creator.
In the case of @CondeElevator, it's not clear whether the tweeted conversations actually occurred. But they're probably not far off the mark.
"Because elevator culture at Conde Nast is infamous (and was even spoofed in The Devil Wears Prada), it seems it was only a matter of time before @CondeElevator was born," write Isabel Wilkinson and Jacob Bersnstein at the Daily Beast.
"According to one employee, a high school-like hierarchy exists in the elevators there," they continue. "If you're a younger employee or an intern, you stay quiet. More senior editors, on the other hand, are chattier—and, especially in the case of The New Yorker—are known to conduct their business loudly as they shuttle between floors. At Vanity Fair, interns and new hires reportedly are given the same rule: never talk in the elevators, except to say hello. Ever. Another source says it's always the 'people who you could care less about' who chatter the most in the elevators."
- Peter Kaplan
- Teen Vogue
- Vanity Fair
- New York Observer editor
- Thursday afternoon