For the past five days, tweets from @CondeElevator have thrilled insiders and voyeurs of the New York media industry. ("Girl: Omigod I love your dress so much I wish there was a 'like' button I could press," reads a recent tweet.) In fact, it's probably safe to say that everybody's who's seen The Devil Wears Prada or been to high school would love it too. ("Vogue Asst & Anna Wintour in packed elevator. VA: Blah blah Duke & Duchess of Windsor-- AW: Cambridge. Duke & Duchess of CAMBRIDGE. VA: I'm sorry," reads another.)
But Condé Nast executives do not love it. According to ABC News they're "hunting down" the person behind the account:
"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 Conde Nast spokeswoman said in an statement to ABCNews.com today.
Asked whether an effort is under way to uncover who is behind the Twitter account and if the company will allow the account to remain active, the spokeswoman said, "We are still looking into it, so I don't know what will or won't happen."
Condé's statement sounds forgiving enough, but if precendent is any indication of what will happen when they do find the person, the quote looks like a wolf in a lamb's clothing. Kat Stoeffel at The New York Observer hints at why the company might be worried about somebody spilling tweet-sized secrets about what goes on inside the prestigious magazine publishing house. "With staffers and visitors of all stations sharing rides to and from the Frank Gehry cafeteria, the elevators have long been a conduit for company gossip to the outside," Stoeffel writes.