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I reported the following issue to Tumblr:

I have setup Tumblr to post to Facebook as well. However, I have noticed that posts published from the queue do not appear in my Facebook timeline - only posts I publish directly. can this please be fixed?

And this is the reply I received:

Facebook has altered the way it displays information from Tumblr and other applications. While you should see some of your posts appearing in your newsfeed, not all posts will appear there. This is to keep applications from cluttering your Facebook newsfeed.

Unfortunately, we can't control how Facebook displays content from Tumblr.

This does not sound right to me: Tumblr would surely have been the author of a plugin - and failing to post to Facebook items that came from the queue does not sound like something on the Facebook side, but in the plugin. Is it possible that I am doing something wrong here?

-edit- Why would Facebook discriminate between posts published from a queue and posts published directly? More importantly, HOW could they discriminate? Is this data provided by Tumblr to Facebook? Either way, this looks like a bug to me, and I believe it more likely that it's a bug on the Tumblr side and I am disappointed that Tumblr apparently will not even investigate.

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You could try using a third-party service like http://ifttt.com/ and see if that makes any difference. –  Felix Bonkoski Jun 22 '12 at 2:14
    
Thanks for this suggestion @FelixBonkoski - I will give this a try for some other channels. –  Robert Mark Bram Jun 23 '12 at 8:10
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Even though @FelixBonkoski's ifttt seems good, I found my solution a different way: I had already set up Tumblr to publish automatically to Twitter.. And thankfully Twitter can publish to Facebook, and this seems to work well for me - for items published from the queue or directly.

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Good to know. It's still strange, however that the queued Tumblr posts are being treated differently by Facebook. I'm still suspecting it's a Tumblr problem. And their cryptic email reply does nothing to clarify the issue. I would send a follow up email to support, explaining to them that now, pushing your posts from Tumblr -> Twitter -> Facebook, there are no issues, as there are with Tumblr -> Facebook. I'd like to see what support has to say about that. –  Felix Bonkoski Jun 24 '12 at 23:29
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