Yes, cybercafes are a rich lode for study by social scientists — sociologists, cultural anthropologists, and social psychologists. It will not be a surprise if they start writing academic papers on these establishments and their impact on Philippine society.
If you’re creating a web app for Filipino, I guess one of the things you really have to take into account is that most of the mass access internet via internet cafe so there internet time is most probably limited.
I guess one of the things that make @tweetitow work is that, those users who access internet via internet cafe can still get connected after they log off. So I’d sometimes get complaints like where are there posts for a week so it means they probably visit internet cafe on a weekly basis. Or, they would be like asking help from me trying to figure out how to register their number, and they would usually have an immediacy in their tone since their internet cafe time is almost over.
So it would probably mean a lot to these market segment to have a web app that is quick, and can somehow still let them be connected to their social network even offline.