When Dutch filmmaker Frans Hofmeester put the video "Lotte Time Lapse: From birth to 12 in 2 min. 45" on Vimeo one week ago, he thought it might generate some interest.
After all, he had been filming his daughter Lotte once a week, every week, since she was born, and by stringing those videos together and speeding them up, he had amassed an impressive time-lapse-like record of his daughter as she grew from a wide-eyed baby into a coy girl with a penchant for flower barrettes.
But Hofmeester never dreamed his short video would go viral -- getting 3.7 million views on Vimeo in just one week, with dozens of stories about the video (including ours) in the online media.
"I'm flabbergasted," he said in an email to the Los Angeles Times. "For a proud father that is overwhelming."
Overwhelming, sure, but totally unexpected? Not really.
Of course, one can never know exactly what videos will go viral, but the online audience has a history of clicking on time-lapse videos.