alarm went off at 4.45, at 5.53 the snooze kicked in and I grabbed my laptop and logged on. Facebook's countdown clicked away and at zero a simple click of a continue button gave me my username options. seamless.
as a result I can now be found at http://www.facebook.com/chris.stephenson. and whilst at twenty past five on a Saturday morning this may not seem like the most earth-shatteringly brilliant thing, I suspect that in the future I'll be glad I woke myself up to secure the little place of the social graph that I wanted for my own.